Rugby World Cup: a team of tough guys never titled, what is Uruguay worth?


Martin Lange / Photo credits: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP

Fans of the French rugby team will be able to find the Blues this Thursday evening for their second group match against Uruguay. The two teams face each other at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, near Lille. An opponent a priori much less frightening than the All Blacks…

Match day for the Blues. The French XV faces Uruguay this Thursday evening at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq near Lille, for their second group match as part of the Rugby World Cup. An opponent a priori much less frightening than the All Blacks… La Céleste, 17th nation in the world, is still playing its fifth World Cup. She never made it past the first round. His only feat: a victory against Fiji four years ago.

Uruguay aim for third place in the group

Los Teros, a team of tough guys with a star, Santiago Arata, the local Antoine Dupont. The scrum half plays in France, in Castres with Marc Antoine Rallier as manager. “He’s a great guy, he goes very fast. He’s very explosive. He’s also a very big defender, he’s the one who carries his team,” he says. Uruguay are aiming for third place in the group, behind France and New Zealand, to qualify directly for the 2027 World Cup.



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