A new kid on the block for the Blues. Large winner of the United States this Saturday, in Montevideo (34-15), the capital of the country, in the third and last qualifying round of the America zone for the 2023 World Cup, Uruguay obtained its ticket for the big – world rugby mass. She had yet been beaten on the first leg (19-16).
The selection of Castres scrum half, Santiago Arata (25), and Oyonnax second row, Manuel Leindekar (24), therefore includes Pool A, already made up of New Zealand, Italy and from France, the organizing country, while waiting for the name of the last qualified (Africa zone). This will be the fifth participation in a Los Teros World Cup, as they are nicknamed, in reference to the bird that is their emblem, after 1999, 2003, 2015 and 2019. They have so far always been eliminated. in the first round.
Canada surprised by Chile
Despite their loss, the United States will still have a chance to qualify. They will have to get rid of Chile, astonishing winner of Canada (54-45 in aggregate score), during a repechage round organized in July 2022, which will see the winner transferred to Pool D with England, Japan, the ‘Argentina and Samoa. The Canadian selection will therefore not participate in the final phase of the World Cup for the first time in its history, it which had always been at the rendezvous of the competition since the first edition, in 1987, even reaching the quarter-finals. in 1991.
The 2023 World Cup will take place from September 8 to October 28, 2023. It will begin at the Stade de France with a clash between France and the All Blacks. The Blues of Fabien Galthié will then play their second group match against Uruguay in Lille (September 14), their third match in Marseille (September 21, against the qualified selection of the Africa zone) and the fourth, in Lyon, against Italy (October 6).