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All Blacks vs Springboks LIVE :: “If we have a good Rugby World Cup it will be thanks to them also because it’s a squad which has lived together. We told each other, we can’t forget the guys who will have to stay at home,” he added.

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The Toulouse stalwart drew comparisons with the World Cup eight years ago when France opened up against weakest side Japan before sliding to a heavy defeat against New Zealand.

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Argentina are far from a weak touch in 2019 but the pressure of winning that opening game remains the same.

“It’s an all or nothing match. In 2011 we faced Japan similarly in our first match, even if we found it hard. We then conceded 40 points against the All Blacks,” Medard said.

“We have to beat Argentina or England. If we can start with a win it’s cool. I don’t think it’s going to be a ‘final’ but it will be knock-out, it’s winner takes it all,” he added.

Head coach Jacques Brunel names his final 31-man squad on Monday with six players missing out who have been part of the set-up during three warm-up Tests in August.

“Everyone worked hard, everyone trained, everyone sacrificed a lot and frankly it’s a shame for some of them,” Medard said.

Medard is expected to be included in the squad for the tournament along with fellow 32-year-old and club team-mate Yoann Huget but denied they were planning to retire from Test rugby after the tournament.

“We have said nothing about our future in the blue shirt but certainly we live these moments in the blue shirt to the maximum,” he said.

“Because we haven’t got many of those left, we have to make the most of them,” he added.

Medard, who is known for his thick dark sideburns, akin to fictional character Wolverine, jokily said he hopes to go one better after losing by a point to New Zealand in the 2011 final.

My experience last season was useful because it allowed me to get to know the players in the French team. I know their qualities and I can sort of predict how the match will go,” he told AFP at the team camp in Naraha, near Fukushima in eastern Japan.

Naraha – Argentina’s flyhalf says the aerial battle will be a key factor in their crunch Pool C encounter with France, hoping that his experience in French rugby will give him an edge.

Nicolas Sanchez was the top scorer at the 2015 World Cup in England, his 97 points putting him ahead of the likes of All Black Dan Carter and the Wallabies’ Bernard Foley.

And the Stade Francais playmaker, who had also enjoyed spells at Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon, said his knowledge of the opposition will be invaluable as Los Pumas seek to get out of a ‘group of death’ that also contains England.

“We have to put them under pressure. I also think the kicking and aerial game will play an essential part. A lot will go through there,” said the 30-year-old with 77 Puma caps.

Heavy rain is currently forecast to pass through Tokyo on the first weekend of the competition, leading some teams to train with slippery balls.

Argentina bombarded France with high balls during their past two World Cup matches, beating Les Bleus twice in 2007 – once in the pool phase and then winning the third-place play-off.

Sanchez said that while Argentina are “100 percent” focused on the clash with France, “we also know we have a very high-level match (against England on October 5) where we will also have to be at 100 percent”.

And he said he was relishing competition for the number 10 shirt from Benjamin Urdapilleta, also plying his trade in France for Top 14 outfit Castres.

“It’s great to have this competition. I am very happy to share this World Cup with him. He has shown the level he can perform at. It’s good for the Pumas to have him and for me too,” said Sanchez.

Coach Mario Ledesma is set to give Sanchez the nod at flyhalf, according to several sources inside the camp.

The team, which will be announced on Wednesday or Thursday, could feature as many as 13 players from the Jaguares team that reached the final of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

The Pumas have been training since Saturday at the J-Village, a sports complex in Japan’s Fukushima that was once a staging ground for battling the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The complex will next year host Olympic teams and the torch relay as Japanese authorities hope to send a signal that the area is recovering from the terrible events eight years ago.

They are due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday, three days ahead of the crunch match with France that will play a huge part in determining the quarter-final line-up.

French fullback Maxime Medard has said the game is “an all or nothing match” if either side hopes to reach the knock-out phase.

Los Pumas are hoping to finally go further than the semi-finals that they reached in 2007 and 2015.

Argentina vs France Live

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Argentina and France lock horns in what is expected to be a tight encounter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Here’s what you need to know.

Sanchez has a ream of French experience, having also played for Stade’s Top 14 rivals Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon over four seasons before linking up briefly with the Jaguares in Super Rugby.

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Argentina will be skippered by marauding flanker Pablo Matera in a strong-looking pack that sees Saracens’ Juan Figallo starting at tight-head prop.

Saturday’s clash in Tokyo will go a long way to determining the fate of Pool C, dubbed the “group of death” as it also includes in-form England.

Matera said the match was quite simply “the most important game of our lives.”

Toulouse young guns Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont will start at half-back as France plumped for youth in the fixture.

Head coach Jacques Brunel opted for goal-kicker Ntamack, 20, over Camille Lopez while 22-year-old Dupont starts at scrum half, the experienced Maxime Machenaud beating out Baptiste Serin for a place on the bench.

Lopez had started two of the three warm-up matches, but struggled with the boot, in contrast to Ntamack.

France vs Argentina: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction

Kick off time: Ajinomoto Stadium will host the action on 21 September (that’s Saturday) at 9:15 SAST. SuperSport 1 will broadcast it live.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction:  Tightest call yet. France to win, just. The machines say by three points.

France vs Argentina Live

RWC 2019: France vs Argentina, prediction, time, live scores, TV, result and news

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Argentina and France lock horns in what is expected to be a tight encounter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Here’s what you need to know.

Sanchez has a ream of French experience, having also played for Stade’s Top 14 rivals Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon over four seasons before linking up briefly with the Jaguares in Super Rugby.

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Argentina will be skippered by marauding flanker Pablo Matera in a strong-looking pack that sees Saracens’ Juan Figallo starting at tight-head prop.

Saturday’s clash in Tokyo will go a long way to determining the fate of Pool C, dubbed the “group of death” as it also includes in-form England.

Matera said the match was quite simply “the most important game of our lives.”

Toulouse young guns Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont will start at half-back as France plumped for youth in the fixture.

Head coach Jacques Brunel opted for goal-kicker Ntamack, 20, over Camille Lopez while 22-year-old Dupont starts at scrum half, the experienced Maxime Machenaud beating out Baptiste Serin for a place on the bench.

Lopez had started two of the three warm-up matches, but struggled with the boot, in contrast to Ntamack.

France vs Argentina: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction

Kick off time: Ajinomoto Stadium will host the action on 21 September (that’s Saturday) at 9:15 SAST. SuperSport 1 will broadcast it live.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction:  Tightest call yet. France to win, just. The machines say by three points.

Fiji vs Australia Live

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AUSTRALIA commence their Rugby World Cup campaign with a tough test against Fiji. The Wallabies have been drawn in Group D, where they will also face Six Nations grand slam winners Wales and the power of Georgia’s forwards, so they will not want to leave anything to chance against the Pacific Islanders.

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Opponents Fiji have not made it out of a Rugby World Cup group stage since 2007, when they won an epic match against Wales 38-34 in Nantes.

When is Australia vs Fiji?

Australia take on Fiji on Saturday, September 21.

The match will kick off at 5.45am UK time – 1.45pm local time, 2.45pm in Sydney and 4.45pm in Fiji.

It will be played at the Sapporo Dome.

What TV channel is Australia vs Fiji on and can I live stream it?

Australia vs Fiji will be live on ITV 1 in the UK.

To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.

In Australia, the match will be on Network Ten and Fox Sports while Fiji TV will show it in Fiji.

ITV and the ITV Hub are free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.

Both Network Ten and Fiji TV are also free-to-air.

Team news

Australia: Beale; Hodge, O’Connor, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lealiifano, White; Sio, Latu, Alaalatoa, Rodda, Arnold, Pocock, Hooper (c), Naisarani.

Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Kepu, Coleman, Salakaia-Loto, Genia, To’omua, Haylett-Petty

Fiji: Murimurivalu; Tuisova, Nayacalevu, Botia, Radradra; Volavola, Lomani; Ma’afu, Matavesi, Ravai, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu (c), Yato, Mata,

Replacements: Vugakoto, Mawi, Saulo, Ratuva, Voka, Matawalu, Veitokani, Goneva

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Australia vs Fiji Rugby Live Stream: How to Watch Online in USA

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Australia and Fiji will face off in each team’s 2019 Rugby World Cup opener on Saturday at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan.

In the United States, the match will start early Saturday morning/late Friday night (12:45 a.m. ET/9:45 p.m. PT) and will be televised on NBC Sports Network. If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch a live stream of Australia vs Fiji in the US:

FuboTV

NBC Sports Network is one of the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.

You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Australia vs Fiji on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the match on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.

Hulu With Live TV

NBC Sports Network is one of 60-plus live TV channels included with Hulu With Live TV, which also comes with Hulu’s huge on-demand streaming TV and movie library.

You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Australia vs Fiji on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.

Sling TV

NBC Sports Network is included in Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” bundle, which comes with 40-plus live TV channels.

You can start a free seven-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Australia vs Fiji on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.

If you can’t watch live, cloud DVR is available as an add-on.

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The Wallabies are in search of their third World Cup title and their second since 2007.

Head coach Michael Cheika elected to start the experienced flanker combination of captain Michael Hooper and David Pocock in the squad’s tournament debut.

Hooper and Pocock have started together 24 times. The decision sends blindside flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto — who hasn’t missed a minute of Australian test action this year — to the bench.

“For the first game of the World Cup, I went for a little bit more experience, to be honest,” Cheika said, according to The Guardian. “They’ve done this before, the two boys playing together. We’ve worked on the possibility of this kind of combination for the last couple of weeks and they’ve been working well together.”

Wallabies replacement back Matt To’omua said his side will have to limit Fiji’s one-on-one opportunities.

“You have got guys like [Semi] Radradra on the wing, [Josua] Tuisova as well. These guys are powerful men but can also step you as well — a dual or triple threat,” To’omua said, according to the Rugby World Cup website. “We have got to hunt in packs — it is probably our best chance at eliminating their opportunities. Any time you get one of them one-on-one you might be struggling a little bit.”

He added: “Individual names wise, they are very strong in the backline but even [Leone] Nakarawa in the second row who I have come up against in Europe is a phenomenal player. One of the best in the world in my opinion.”

These sides met at the World Cup four years ago, when Australia dealt the Flying Fijians a 28-13 defeat.

Their prior World Cup meeting was even more lopsided: a 55-12 Wallabies victory in 2007. Fiji matched their best finish at a World Cup that year, reaching the quarter-finals.

“We know Australia are a very good team and present a big challenge for us but, because of our preparation, I know our team is mentally and physically ready for that challenge,” Fiji head coach John McKee said, per the Rugby World Cup website.

Pocock to Retire

Earlier this month, the 31-year-old Pocock announced he’d retire from test rugby at the conclusion of the World Cup.

“I feel like it’s time to move onto other things and contribute in other areas,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

He added: “On a personal note you reflect on the time you’ve had in a Wallabies jersey, what you’ve tried to add, the legacy you hope you’ll leave and then just the opportunity to play in front of family and friends one last time.”