England boss Steve Borthwick insisted he’ll keep loyal to his gamers and administration staff regardless of one of many darkest days within the nation’s rugby historical past.
A 30-22 defeat by Fiji was their first loss to the Islanders in eight conferences and the primary time they’ve fallen to a present tier-two staff, with the consequence anticipated to plunge them to an all-time lowest place of ninth within the international rankings.
The worst potential build-up to the World Cup has seen their report below Borthwick quantity solely three wins in 9 Assessments and their essential Pool D opener in opposition to Argentina is barely a fortnight away.
Borthwick refused to panic, nonetheless, as he outlined his perception that England will come good.
“I’m very assured with the all of the individuals concerned within the staff – the gamers, the coaches, the administration,” Borthwick stated.
When is the Rugby World Cup?
The event begins on Friday, September 8 with France taking up New Zealand. The ultimate can be performed on Saturday, October 28.
South Africa have been the winners of the final event – in Japan in 2019 – after they beat England within the ultimate, and can be among the many favourites once more this 12 months. New Zealand, as ever, would be the staff to beat, particularly after their dominant exhibiting on the Rugby Championship.
Nonetheless, a powerful European problem is predicted, not least from France and Six Nations Grand Slam winners Eire, who’ve but to place their greatest foot ahead at a World Cup however hammered England in a warm-up match.
The place is it?
The 2023 Rugby World Cup can be performed in France throughout 9 stadiums in 9 cities. The ultimate can be performed on the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Paris).
- Stade de France (capability 80,698) – Saint-Denis (Paris)
- Stade de Marseille (67,394) – Marseille
- OL Stadium (59,186) – Lyon
- Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,186) – Lille
- Stade de Bordeaux (42,115) – Bordeaux
- Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (41,965) – Saint-Étienne
- Stade de Good (35,624) – Good
- Stade de la Beaujoire (35,322) – Nantes
- Stade de Toulouse (33,150) – Toulouse
How do I watch the Rugby World Cup?
ITV have the unique broadcast rights within the UK. We’ll replace you with particular channels for every match on the event as soon as they’re introduced by the broadcaster.
The radio commentary of each match can be accessible solely on the BBC, throughout Radio 5 Reside, 5 Sports activities Additional and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC says there can be a “bespoke output” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire.
Within the US, the event is being proven on NBC Sports activities. In South Africa it’s on SuperSport.
Amazon Prime has broadcast England’s 4 warm-up fixtures in addition to 9 different warm-up fixtures that includes different Six Nations groups.
Who’s taking part in?
A complete of 20 groups have certified for the Rugby World Cup. These groups have been break up into 4 swimming pools of 5, with every pool getting one staff from 5 ‘bands’.
Band one featured the 4 highest-ranked groups from when the draw for the event was made again in 2019 (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). Band two comprised the subsequent 4 highest-ranked groups (Eire, Australia, France, Japan) and band three the 4 after that (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy).
All sides within the first three bands certified mechanically for the event owing to their world rating, whereas the additional two bands comprised the edges who had made it into the event through qualifying (Samoa, Georgia, Uruguay, Tonga, Namibia, Romania, Chile, Portugal).
Who’s in what pool?