May 18, 2022

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – “Like a semi-final”: The loser in the clash between England and Ireland on Saturday (5.45pm) can give up hope of a final victory in the 2022 Six Nations tournament.

Launched to follow the Blues, the last unbeaten team to face Wales on Friday, the Irish and English can no longer make the slightest mistake.

The victory for XV de la Rose in Twigenham and the English will deliver a real final against France XV a week later.

“We are looking forward to the semi-finals against Ireland,” England coach Eddie Jones warned.

Eddie Jones, the Australian coach of the England team, speaks to his players during training on February 25, 2022 at Pennyhill Park in Boxhat. Adrian Tennis AFP / Archives

“Ireland are the tightest team in the world at the moment and this weekend it will be a good test (…) I worry my team is playing well. We are ready, we will attack them,” he added. .

Accustomed to verbal competition, XV de la Rose’s Australian technician wanted to allow the Irish to wear cadre attire: “They’re the favorites. I went to the cafe yesterday, the employee told me + this Irish team should be really good. International players say they win. How does it feel? + I was like ‘I want my coffee’, “Jones laughed.

However, after the initial defeat against Scotland (20-17), XV of the Rose regained the spice by dominating Italy (33-0) and then Wales (23-19). The third win against Ireland, who have not beaten them at Twickenham since 2018, would give the British a good chance to spoil the French party at the State de France on March 19.

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At other meetings of the day, Scotland will try to forget its disappointment against Italy and Rome against France (36-17). The Italian team has not won a single match since 2015.

Scottish fullback Stuart Hawk delights in a try against Italy during the Six Nations at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on February 22, 2020
Scottish fullback Stuart Hawk delights in a try against Italy during the Six Nations at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on February 22, 2020 Vincenzo PINTO AFP / Archives

France continued their path to the first possible Grand Slam tournament since 2010 on Friday evening, winning 13-9 during a dangerous journey to Wales to become the reigning champions. Power transfer?