Last updated – 14:04
Between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 September, the 8th edition of the 7th men’s and 4th women’s Rugby World Cup will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.
This time, the tournament will have a different format. There will be the first knockout stage, then the round of 16 begins with a singles elimination. For example: Pumas 7 will premiere at 11:23 on Saturday (Argentine time) against the winner from Kenya and Tonga.
The eight knockout matches for the gentlemen will be: Ireland-Portugal (Match 1), Canada-Zimbabwe (2), Samoa-Uganda (3), Scotland-Jamaica (4), Kenya-Tonga (5), Wales-Korea (6) and Hong Kong – Uruguay (7) and Germany – Chile (8).
Then, in the Round of 16 and Singles Elimination, the best ranked teams will start participating:
England vs. Winner from Ireland – Portugal.
France vs. Canada or Zimbabwe.
United States vs. Samoa or Uganda.
New Zealand vs. Scotland or Jamaica.
Cougars vs. Kenya or Tonga.
Australia vs. Hong Kong or Uruguay.
South Africa vs. Germany or Chile.
Regarding the format of the competition, Los Pumas 7 captain Gaston Rivul commented: “I don’t know if I liked the system very much, but it’s what it’s set and preparing each game as if the last one suited us well.” We’ll focus on the first, which is the most important, and then we’ll go step by step trying to move forward
Similarly, the Argentine coach, Santiago Gomez Corra, was even more upset with the current formula: “I don’t like it, but you have to accept it. They did it that way to set him apart from the track. This year we have 16 competitions and that’s why they do it differently.” In three weeks we have another championship and then the series begins, we want to start on the right foot and then go as far as we can.
It will be the fourth edition of the Women’s World Cup.
The Women’s World Cup will start live in the Round of 16 with the following matches:
Australia vs. Madagascar.
United States vs. Poland.
New Zealand vs. Colombia.