New Zealand, which announced its decline before the start of the Rugby World Cup, rediscovered the brilliant game that made its legend, especially by defeating Ireland, one of the favorite teams, in the quarter-finals. The All Blacks open their semi-final match, Friday, October 20, at 9pm, at Stade de France, against Argentina. If the pumas arrive as strangers, They can rely on their recent history to keep the dream alive: they beat the New Zealanders for the first time in their history in November 2020 and the second time in 2022. Follow the World Cup semi-final match on our live broadcast.
New Zealand wants to erase the bad memory of 2019. Four years ago, the All Blacks were on the verge of reaching the final against a furious English team. Twelve of the fifteen players who were on the field on Friday also participated in this match. This year, Ian Foster’s men don’t plan to miss the meeting. Three-time world champions, a record they share with South Africa, New Zealand are determined to return to the top of world rugby.
Whitlock and Tilia carry the black ones. The Men in Black will be able to count on a high-level team on the pitch at the Stade de France. Ian Foster made two changes from Ireland’s 15-man win: veteran Sam Whitlock started in the second row in place of Brodie Retallick, while Mark Tilia, who was removed for disciplinary reasons, returned to his place on the wing. Aaron Smith and Richie Monga, valuable against the Clover XV, form the hinge again.
A big first for Puma? Facing the triple world champions, the Argentines want to write the most beautiful page in their history. The Pumas have reached the semi-finals three times (2007, 2015 and therefore 2023), and the Pumas have never played in the final. After beating Japan in what looked like the eighth final group match, then knocking out Wales in the quarter-finals, Santiago Carreras and co have the opportunity to truly sign off on their best performance on the world stage.
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