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If you were hiding under a rock for the entirety of last weekend then you probably still will not have been able to escape the festival of rugby which was the 2023 Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals. Four brilliant contests were polished off with South Africa defeating France in one of the all time great rugby matches. So here we are, four teams remain and it’s the penultimate Friday of the whole tournament with one semi-final to feast our eyes on!
And with only one match in the schedule, we can do the New Zealand vs Argentina semi-final at the Stade de France justice and focus purely on that. Strap yourselves in and expect another great game of rugby.
Today’s matches and schedule – Rugby World Cup 20/10/2023
This Friday, 20/10/2023, there is one match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand vs Argentina. (20:00 GMT, Stade de France, Saint-Denis)
Some of the world’s greatest ever players have never experienced a Rugby World Cup semi-final and the prize of a place in next Saturday’s final is one to shoot for! Let’s zoom in on this New Zealand vs Argentina semi-final contest.
New Zealand vs Argentina (20:00 GMT, Stade de France)
Although both teams have experienced defeat already in the tournament, it is fair to say that they have timed their top form for the right time of the competition. New Zealand have recovered from losing in the opening game 27-13 against the hosts and came through a very tough quarter final against the number one ranked side Ireland who had won 17 matches in a row!
Argentina went down 27-10 to fellow semi-finalists, 14-man England, in Marseilles but then went on to take second place in Pool D before producing a final 15 minutes of the ages to brush aside Wales in the quarter final last weekend.
The All-Blacks obviously have the reputation and the previous Rugby World Cup success to fall back on but interestingly enough, of the two teams, Argentina are the only ones to have experienced a Rugby World Cup semi-final in France before! Although they lost 37-13 to eventual winners South Africa in 2007, New Zealand had already been eliminated 20-18 by the hosts France in the quarters. To this day, it remains the only Rugby World Cup where the All-Blacks have not made the final four.
So who will it be who gets through this Friday night in Paris unscathed and progresses to next Saturday’s final? Will it be the South Americans who reach a Rugby World Cup at the third time of asking, something which would be sure to see an outpouring of emotion on the pitch and in the stands. Or will the All-Blacks do what they do and qualify for their fifth Rugby World Cup final? All will be revealed, make sure you watch every minute of the action!
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