XV de la Rose, beaten at home by Argentina (30-29), must revive against Japan on Saturday, while XV du Thistle dreams of an impossible feat against New Zealand, which receives it on Sunday and will never lose.
England to keep their heads up
XV de la Rose got off to a poor start “Mini World Cup”In the words of his coach Eddie Jonesbowing down Against Argentina at homeWho will he find in the group stage of the 2023 World Cup? “We were looking at long-term strategies to prepare for the World Cup and maybe we didn’t focus enough on the Argentina game.Jones conceded after the loss.
The English will face Japan on Saturday (4:15 pm), who returned to the group after a leg injury, along with hooker Jamie George (69 caps), despite missing their second or third-row Courtney Laws, who is recovering from concussion. England have an affordable match on paper, challenging New Zealand and then South Africa, but the Japanese showed once again against the All Blacks at the end of October (a 38-31 loss) that they are not to be taken lightly. ), with their excellent third line Kazuki Himeno as the figurehead.
Argentina is aiming for a two-man pass
Sixteen years: That was the number of years since the Argentine Pumas’ last win against England at Twickenham. Michael Cheika’s men are talking about their winger’s feat last Sunday (30-29 win). Emiliano Boffelli, the author of 25 of his team’s 30 points. Already falling for the All Blacks on their home soil this year, Argentina can confirm against Wales on Saturday (6:30pm) that they have certainly turned a corner ten months before the World Cup.
They will face the Welsh, who were swept by New Zealand last week (55-23). The return of veterans Justin Tipuric, George North or Ken Owens. “Almost every time they got inside our 22 yards, they scored points. This is very worrying”Coach Wayne Pivac agreed after the game on Amazon Prime Video UK.
Scotland with Russell against the Blacks
Scotland were without flyhalf Adam Hastings through injury in last week’s 28-12 win over Fiji. Coach Gregor Townsend To recall Racing 92 player Finn Russell, his relationship with him was very difficult. Scotland will need all the attacking talent of the opener on Sunday (3:15 pm) against the All Blacks, who are unbeaten in 31 encounters and narrowly lost in their last meeting in 2017 (22-17).
The Welsh were unforced winners (55-23), Les All Blacks A surprise sixth straight win in a year marked by historic defeats against Ireland and Argentina is likely. “The danger is copying and pasting a formulaNew Zealand coach Ian Foster warned at a press conference on Tuesday that he was aware of his team’s ups and downs.
In other meetings of the weekend, Italy, who beat Samoa by a wide margin (49-17), face Australia on Saturday (2:00 pm), while Ireland came from behind to win against South Africa (19-16) and host Fiji (2:00 pm).