The 2021-22 Rugby World Cup intensifies this weekend as teams face different realities. This weekend’s matches represent the RWC quarter-final stage of the competition and teams have revealed their starting XV for the upcoming game. Check out all of the changes that have been made to the starting lineups of the last eight teams.
England Vs Australia RWC Quarter-Finals
The quarter-final match between England and Australia is set to take place on October 15, 2022, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Despite England being ranked fourth in the world and considered the favorites, Australia, ranked seventh, should not be underestimated.
England possesses a formidable squad with star players such as Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, and Jonny May who have played a critical role in the team's recent successes. Additionally, the team has a new head coach in Eddie Jones, who has brought a fresh perspective and approach to the team.
Meanwhile, Australia has a rich rugby history and a talented squad led by Michael Hooper, James O'Connor, and Samu Kerevi. They will be hoping to surprise England and cause an upset in the quarter-finals.
Wales vs New Zealand RWC Quarter-Finals
New Zealand is famous for their exceptional attacking rugby style and their ability to produce world-class players, which makes them a formidable team. As the current Rugby World Cup champions, they are determined to defend their title, and with star players like Beauden Barrett, Brodie Retallick, and Ardie Savea on their squad, they will present a significant challenge for Wales.
Despite this challenge, Wales has consistently performed well in international rugby and currently holds the fifth-place ranking in the world. Their squad is also filled with talented players such as Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, and George North, and they will be aiming to cause an upset against the All Blacks.
The upcoming quarter-final match between these two teams is expected to be highly competitive, with both sides fighting fiercely to secure a place in the semi-finals. Wales may take inspiration from their famous victory over New Zealand in 2019, while the All Blacks will be focused on maintaining their dominance over Wales. The match promises to be an intense encounter, with rugby enthusiasts from around the world eagerly anticipating the outcome.
France vs Italy RWC Quarter-Finals
France has a strong track record on the international rugby stage, with an emphasis on attacking play. They were runners-up in the previous Rugby World Cup and are determined to go one better in 2022. Boasting world-class players like Antoine Dupont, Virimi Vakatawa, and Gregory Alldritt, France presents a formidable challenge for any opponent.
Meanwhile, Italy has been working hard to improve their performances and climb up the rankings. The arrival of former South African coach, Franco Smith, has brought a fresh approach to their game, and the team has been showing signs of progress. With experienced players like Sergio Parisse, Matteo Minozzi, and Jake Polledri leading the charge, Italy is keen to make history by causing an upset against France.
Although the odds may be stacked against them, Italy has the potential to spring a surprise and upset the French team. The match promises to be an exciting encounter between two talented sides, with both teams striving to reach the Semi-Finals of the Rugby World Cup 2022.
Canada vs USA RWC Quarter-Finals
Canada and the USA have had a heated rugby rivalry for many years, as evidenced by their match history. In 61 meetings, Canada has won 38 times, while the USA has come out on top 22 times. Only one game has ended in a draw, highlighting the closely contested nature of their encounters. With a quarter-final match scheduled at the Rugby World Cup, it is expected that their rivalry will continue.
Although both teams have struggled to make an impact on the global rugby scene in recent years, they have been working hard to improve their performances. The upcoming Rugby World Cup 2022 presents an excellent opportunity for these teams to showcase their talents and compete against some of the best rugby teams from across the globe.