World Cup rugby quarter-final slots still up for grabs
Thirty-two Rugby World Cup matches played, 16 to go – and a week to come featuring matches in all four pools that are effectively knock-out games.
Japan and Argentina face a straight winner-takes-all quarter-final shootout in Nantes on Sunday, after picking up crucial Pool ‘D’ victories over Samoa and Chile respectively.
Jamie Joseph’s Brave Blossoms held off Samoa in Toulouse, winning 28-22, after being 17-8 ahead at half time. That result gave England, under former Japan forwards coach Steve Borthwick, a leg-up to the quarter-finals with a game still to play – against Samoa in Lille on Saturday.
Selection choices for that match will be interesting.
England could rest a few players, with top spot in Pool ‘D’ secure, while Samoa will be going all out for a win that could mean they finish third, and qualify automatically for Rugby World Cup 2027 in Australia. (C.D)
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