Rugby – but by the way, what’s the point of creating the Autumn Cup of Nations?

The XV of the Rose in Training, in Teddington, November 10, 2020.
The XV of the Rose in Training, in Teddington, November 10, 2020. (© POOL / AFP / Archives / Alex Davidson)

high dose of Football In November and December: After the 6-nation championship, a place for Autumn Nations Cup (where Autumn Nations Cup), a new eight-team competition launched to try to face the consequences covid-19 pandemicWhich begins on Friday (8:00 pm) with a duel Ireland Wales.

It is scheduled to combine the first day matches between Italy and Scotland in Florence and England against Georgia in London. France-Fiji, which was scheduled to be held on Sunday 15 November in Van, has been canceled due to the many positive cases of Covid-19 in the ranks of Fiji. The 15th French national team should have won the match on the green carpet.

Renew the treasuries of the unions

In a world free of coronavirus, the Northern Hemisphere anthology plays fewer games in principle in the fall, but the cancellation of the summer tours has prompted the countries involved to fantasize. Alternative Championship.

Objectives? Not only allowing teams to walk the lawns but also the federations affected financially by the pandemic, Save the safes. They will have to be satisfied with Revenue from TV rights Since the second wave of Covid-19 has forced organizers to schedule all Meetings behind closed doors.

Japan is leaving, Georgia is calling itself

Originally Japan, the host of the 2019 World Cup, was scheduled to participate but the leaders of the “Brave Blossoms” canceled everything for 2020 due to the health context. Therefore it is Georgia who accompanies Fiji At the Six Nations table. With a huge entry challenge for “Lelos” who want to grow up: The XV of the Rose, the only winner of the tournament.

The Georgia captain commented: “If our team at the end of the competition is better than before, then this Autumn Cup of Nations is a success for us.” Merab Shrekadzeis not used to rubbing shoulders with European gratin.

The Caucasus national team participated in the World Cup finals since 2003, but did not go beyond the first round. Fourth in its group during the last edition (1 win, 3 defeats), it suffered particularly against Fijians (45-10) and Wales (43-14), who were placed in their group for this new competition.

The other chicken is made of FijiFrom ItaliaFrom’Scotland And from here Francecame very close to achieving their first championship win since the 2010 Grand Slam. The difference with England, tied on points, was felt in the overall points difference.

15th for France in Marcuse training, November 11, 2020.
15th for France in Marcuse training, November 11, 2020. (© AFP/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)

The fifteenth of France without its record team

In full revival, France XV has strong ambitions for the Autumn Nations Cup. But his coach Fabian Galletti will have to dispense with his record team part of the competition. French clubs have agreed to release their international players Three cards maximum The Blues have already played twice: against the Welsh (38-21), in preparation, and then against Ireland (35-27) as part of the tournament.

French Pavilion Vincent Ratiz So he wants to beat the Fijians, whose preparedness has been hampered by contamination with the coronavirus, to put the French who will take on the task “in the best possible conditions”. And the second line adds: “We want to win a cup,” so “we’ll play it hard.” Romaine Tauvignoa.

The opening match in Dublin on Friday will be an opportunity to return to the XV of Clover and match Leek. By falling out in France, the Irish missed the final victory in the tournament they had been communicating with. As for the partnersAlon Wayne Jonesthe defending champions, they only finished second to last, having been surprised at home by Scotland (14-10), in an impressive lead.

XV du Chardon intends to confirm it against Italy, who are involved in last place of the tournament, but will have to dispense with openers Finn Russell and Adam Hastings, through injury for the entire competition. Duncan Weir will begin opening in Florence. Three days after the group stage, the Autumn Cup will end on the weekend of December 5th and 6th with ranking matches.

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