Rugby: Romania-Italy, the first training match for the Oaks after qualifying for the 2023 World Cup

Stejarii plays his first match for Italy in seven years (22 – 32 in 2015 at the World Cup in England), and his first on home soil after 18 years (25 – 24 on the National Stadium).

The team led by Andy Robinson on Thursday definitively confirmed the status of a qualifying team in Group B for the World Cup in France, along with the world champions South Africa, Ireland and Scotland and the double-round winner of the tie between Tonga. and Asian Champions, South or Hong Kong), when World Rugby refused to consider an appeal by the Spanish rugby union against Jason Tomane’s eligibility for Stejari.

On the grass at the Arcul de Triumf stadium in Bucharest, starting at 21:00 local time, Stejarii will form a team in which experience is combined with youth. 8 will be captain Mihai McCuvey again, and as an opening midfielder, another veteran, Florin Flaicu, was called up, the record holder in the national team selections – 128, in addition to the points scored – 1014, which puts him in second place after England’s Owen Farrell (1,070) in the activity point score rankings and sixth in all-time rankings.

Also of note is the debut of Moldovan right-back, Victor Leon, who became eligible according to the rules in force on January 1, which allow the player to play with the country with which he has credible national ties, after three years of playing in it. Another national team.

Italy present in Bucharest a very strong side featuring defender Ange Capuzzo, who in the last minute of the match made the winning article in Wales’ match in Cardiff in March, winning 22-21, a victory that ended. A streak of 37 consecutive defeats in the Six Nations Championship. Starting this season, Capuzzo will play at Stade Toulouse.

On the Azzurri’s reserve bench is also prop Ion Nicolai (21, native of Chisinau), who made his debut last week in the match with Portugal, which the Italians won, 38-31, in the last minute of the match. An article about a penalty kick, as well as opening midfielder Paolo Garbessi, who last week won the French Championship final with Montpellier. In tenth place will start Tommaso Allan of the Harlequins, and midfielder Alessandro Garbessi (20 years), brother of Paolo will be.

This will be the forty-third match between the two teams, 16 back to Romania, 23 to Italy and 3 equal matches.

World leaders are facing

The weekend marks the start of the test matches between the world’s leading teams in Europe and those on other continents.

The Grand Slam winner of the Six Nations Championship, France, will meet Japan at Toyota (Saturday, 9:00 Romanian time), coach Fabian Galthe, using in the first game the 15th, booking the first team in next week’s game against Tokyo. Olympic Stadium.

World champions South Africa play their first game in a three-match test series in Wales at Loftus Versfield Pretoria (Saturday 18:05), where the strongest team at the moment line up.

New Zealand play their first three test matches with Ireland at Eden Park in Auckland (Saturday 10:05), with a view to revenge after last fall’s defeat (20-29) in Dublin, while the Irish have three players on their home soil from New Zealand. The group – midfielder Jamison Gibson Park, center Bondi Aki and winger James Lowe.

Australia meet England in their first three test matches at Optus Stadium in the western city of Perth (Saturday, 12:55) in a bid to end an eight-game losing streak against the English. Coach Dave Rainey called up veteran veterans Nick White (midfielder) and Quad Cooper (opening midfielder) for this match, and his counterpart Eddie Jones made a similar move, calling up midfielder Danny Kerr, staple Mako Vunipola, and heeler Jimmy George and No. 8 Billy. Vunipola, along with newcomers such as midfielder Jack van Portvelt and England rugby rugby kid, defender Henry Arundel.

Argentina play the first of three matches against Scotland on Sunday at Estadio 23 de Agosto, in San Salvador de Jujuy in the north of the country (Saturday 22:10) with the two strongest teams lined up.

Tonga: Superstars Appearance

In Suva, Fiji, the Pacific Nations Cup kicks off on Saturday, with Samoa making its debut against Australia (4:00), and in the weekend’s most-anticipated game, Fiji plays Tonga, with world star Israel Fulau (former international) Kahn playing. debut in Australia), Charles Bioto and Malakai Fikitua (former New Zealand internationals), all of Tongan descent.

The CAN final takes place in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, with the winners qualifying directly for the World Cup, while the second-placed team goes to the final qualifiers in November with representatives from Europe (Portugal), the Americas (US or Chile) and Asia-Pacific (Tonga or Hong Kong). Kong or South Korea) which will determine the 20th and final World Cup qualifiers.

Namibia – Burkina Faso (Match 1, Friday 19:00), Zimbabwe – Côte d’Ivoire (Match 2, Friday 22:00), Uganda – Kenya (Match 3, Saturday 16:00), Senegal – will play in the quarter-finals. Algeria (Match 4, Saturday 19:00). The winners of Match 1 and 2 meet in the first semi-final, the winners of Matches 3 and 4 in the second semi-final, and the winning teams of the semi-finals will play the African Cup final.

Other Test matches this weekend: Canada-Belgium, Wanderers Ground, Halifax (Saturday 20:00) Georgia-Argentina XV, AIA Arena Kutaisi (Sunday 17:00)

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