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After 46 matches across the better part of two months, we reach the final weekend of the Rugby World Cup. Two contrasting semi-finals unfolded last weekend, as New Zealand thrashed Argentina and South Africa stuttered their way past a resilient English side.
Now, two matches remain, with the first of these coming up today. We break down everything you need to know about today’s Rugby World Cup schedule, outlining what games are on when.
Today’s matches and schedule – Rugby World Cup 27/10/2023
Here’s look at the matches occurring at the Rugby World Cup today, with just the one clash taking place in France on Friday 27/10/2023:
|Argentina vs England||20:00||Stade de France, Saint Denis, Paris|
First up this weekend is the third and fourth playoff match. This sees the two losers of last weekend’s semi-finals, England and Argentina, go head to head for the consolation prize of a bronze medal. It’s a tough match to get up for, and here’s a closer look at how we say it will pan out:
Argentina vs England – third place playoff (20:00 GMT, Stade de France, Saint Denis, Paris)
Talk to any ex-rugby player, and they’ll tell you one thing: this is the match you don’t want to play in. With the bitter disappointment of a semi-final loss still fresh in their mouths, both England and Argentina have to find a way to get up for this match that ultimately means very little in the scheme of things.
Despite the fact that these two sides met in pool play and England were comfortable winners 27-10, we say this clash will come down to who can manage their emotions and energy the best. There’s a strong chance that England, who completely emptied the tank last week against South Africa and came up one point short, will have little to give this Friday. Argentina, on the other hand, will be looking to make amends for their poor showing against the All Blacks.
𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 🤝
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 26, 2023
Outside of their result last weekend, Argentina were building nicely this World Cup. They played by far their worst game at the start of the tournament in their loss to England, and since then have been steadily improving. Qualifying for the quarter-finals without doing anything spectacular, they then put together their best performance of the World Cup by coming from behind to beat Wales 29-17.
Being dismantled by the All Blacks isn’t how Argentina will want their campaign to be remembered, so we expect them to come out more motivated in this clash. They’ve been here before, contesting the third and fourth playoff twice previously, and coming out victorious once in 2007. For England, they’ve only played this match once, losing to France in 1995.
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