The final four matches of the 2023 World Cup will now be played in one stadium. The semi-finals will be held at the Stade de France on October 20-21.
Friday 20 October at the Stade de France at 9pm
We should never bury the All Blacks! New Zealand were beaten by the Blues (27-13) in their World Cup opener but regained momentum in the group stages with the return of senior players such as captain Sam Kane. He set the example in the quarter-final win over Ireland (28-24) with an impressive series of devastating tackles. The whole New Zealand team’s defending was exemplary, including an incredible six-minute finale when the Irish tried in vain to cross the All Blacks’ try line.
New Zealand will face new rival Argentina in their ninth World Cup semi-final. The Pumas have had a similar journey at this World Cup, losing their first game to England (10-27). Facing a chaotic Wales team, Argentina won the quarter-finals 29-17 in the final 20 minutes, while they trailed 12-17 in Marseille. Joel Sclavi’s first shot got them back into the game in the 68th, and backup flyback Nicolas Sanchez’s second after a nice interception in the 77th The field goal decided the fate of the game. As in 2007 and 2015, the Argentine managed to reach the semi-finals.
Saturday 21st October at the Stade de France at 9pm
The reigning world champion did not go down at the Stade de France on Saturday 15 October. They defeated France (29-28) in a very tight match. The South African team withstood the Blues’ attack in the first half and returned to the dressing room trailing by one point. In the second half, they used their physical advantage and gradually gained the upper hand. In the end, they won the duel and advanced to the semifinals. They will face England at the Stade de France on Saturday 15 October. The two teams met in the last World Cup final, with the Springboks winning 32-12.
XV de la Rose is not expected to go in given its results in this year’s Six Nations Championship (4th, 3 defeats) and its difficult preparation for this World Cup, which included defeat to Fiji at Twickenham (22-30) The final four in this competition. He overcame a major obstacle by conquering Argentina from the start, with George Ford scoring 27 points (27-10). The rest, however, was not easy and England were particularly frightened against Samoa (18-17). But England pressed on and faced Fiji in the quarter-finals. While they looked to be in control of the game, they saw their opponents come back in the final quarter of an hour and once again relied on their scorers. This time it was Owen Farrell who scored 20 points and was the great architect of this victory (30-24).