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Haka challenged, “Peaky Blinders”, hooker-boar … Nine sequences to remember at this Rugby World Cup

If time is disappointing after the defeat of the XV of France against Wales in the quarter-finals, some images can give a smile to the supporters tricolor. A short review of the unusual moments of this World.

The Rugby World Cup is reaching its goal. In Japan, Wales defies New Zealand on Friday, Nov. 1. A third-place match with bitter taste for the two teams that were eliminated by Australia and England respectively last week.

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If time is disappointing, some sequences of this Mondial give a smile. Remember …

1… this tribute to the series “Peaky Blinders”

A new face. Australian scrum half Nic White arrived at the World Cup with a wide mustache that did not fail to attract attention. Asked about it, he said it was a small wink to his favorite character, a criminal, in the British series Peaky Blinders. “Do not worry, there's nothing superstitious about that, it's just that I'm really in the Peaky Blinders right now and Arthur Shelby has a very beautiful mustache. I do not look like him at all, but I have a beautiful mustache, like him “, he explained, as reported TF1.

Australian player Nic White trains in Sapporo, Japan, on September 20, 2019. (WILLIAM WEST / AFP)

2… this player forgotten by the bus

Forgotten in the back! After the victory against Argentina, Saturday, September 21, the Blues left the stadium of Tokyo by bus. Were they too tired after a hard second period? It would seem. Indeed, they forgot their third line Wenceslas Lauret at the stadium. The latter was detained by an anti-doping test. “A quarter of an hour of waiting and Lauret was able to join his people with the flatter excuses of the organization”, described RMC.

3… this paquito of French fans who shocked

A paquito to celebrate the victory of France against Argentina: so far, so good. Except that Saturday, September 21, the supporters tricolor shocked the Japanese. At the exit of the stadium, as the story tells 20 minutesit was in the subway that they celebrated the first success of their team in this World Cup. The sequence triggered a “small controversy at the national level”, reports the newspaper correspondent. On Twitter, the other passengers in the train complained and their messages were widely shared and commented. “They started to touch other people, I changed trains”, wrote a user, for example.

Because the Japanese subway “is a space where you have to take on oneself so as not to enter the distance of the neighbor (do not make noise, do not eat), do not touch him”, described RMC.

4… this advertising with animals

Two elephants as pillars, a boar on tailgating, two giraffes on the second line … To explain the rules of rugby to its viewers, usually few fans of oval ball, a Japanese television decided to compare the players to animals, according to their position. This was reported on the Twitter account of the World Cup Monday, September 23. In their typical team, we find only one man, at the opening (logical):

5… this Japanese who painted the flags of all participants on the body

A colorful fan. Hiroshi Moriyama, 53, is a big rugby lover. So much so that at the occasion of the World Cup in his country, he decided to paint on the body the flags of the twenty nations participating in the World Cup. His goal: to try to lighten the atmosphere around the competition, far from the often overflowing fervor of European fans.

For other fans to see “There are lots of ways to have fun and encourage your team”, and for fear that “the flame of rugby is extinguished in the country”Hiroshi Moriyama started this initiative with his wife, Rika, who had to improvise as a painter to play with the brush on her husband, as here with the colors of Japan.

Hiroshi Moriyama has been painted in the colors of Japan for the Rugby World Cup on September 28, 2019 in Shizuoka.
Hiroshi Moriyama was painted in Japan for the Rugby World Cup on September 28, 2019 in Shizuoka. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP)

6… this French player who is called Groot

This is the only replica – cult – of a film character Guardians of the galaxy. While being questioned by the journalists just after the victory against Tonga, on October 6th, the third line of the French team Wenceslas Lauret answered the questions in an original way. Indeed, with each question that was put to him, the player of Racing 92 answered: “My name is Groot” “Lauret told us it was a lost bet and that the satisfaction of a qualification for the quarterfinals with three wins in three games motivated him to keep his commitment”, Explain The Parisian.

7… those Japanese who waded in the water

A rugby player worn on the back of another. On October 12, on the eve of their decisive game against Scotland (won 28-21), the Japanese trained under unusual conditions. As Typhoon Hagibis hit the country, players had to wade through a pool of water reaching their knees to reach Tokyo's Chichibunomiya Stadium. A video helps to better understand the extent of damage in the corridor leading to the field. One of the players pulls up his shorts so he does not get too wet, the other guy jumps, a third simulates a dive and the last one carries his teammate on the back. Once on the meadow, they were forced to train on a lawn full of water.

8… these solidarity Canadians

Great lords. Eliminated from the competition after three defeats and a canceled match due to typhoon Hagibis, the players of the Canadian XV still decided to stay in Japan, Sunday, October 13. The goal: to help the inhabitants of Kamaishi, flooded after the torrential rains. “We were so welcomed, we want to return the favor”, has explained Captain Tyler Ardron. Some of the players have seized scrapers and shovels to participate in the cleaning of the city.

Canadian rugby players help clean up the city of Kamaishi (Japan) after Typhoon & Hagibis, October 13, 2019.
Canadian rugby players help clear the city of Kamaishi (Japan) after Typhoon Hagibis on October 13, 2019. (KYODO KYODO / REUTERS)

9… these English who defy the haka of the All Blacks

The Rose XV faces the All Blacks haka on October 26, 2019, in the Rugby World Cup semifinal in Yokohama, Japan.
The Rose XV faces the All Blacks haka on October 26, 2019, in the Rugby World Cup semifinal in Yokohama, Japan. (BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP)

Not even afraid. The England XV players did not hesitate to challenge the All Blacks haka before the World Cup semi-final on Saturday (October 26th) in Yokohama (Tokyo suburb), advancing in “V” , beyond the median line.

The English formed the “V” of “victory”, the opposite of the All Blacks, and some of their players were located beyond the median line, that teams very often do not cross during the haka, traditional Maori dance. The referees asked them to step back behind the line.

In the final of the World Cup-2011, the French had already formed a “V” against the New Zealanders (victory 8-7 All Blacks), but reversed, with the tip directed towards them. Before advancing online in their direction.

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