Referee Craig Joubert has refereed lots of important Wales Tests in the past. Photo: WalesOnline
Man in the middle for Wales vs Australia, Craig Joubert, has refereed 54 Tests
As the pool of death gets down to the nitty gritty, we look at the man in the middle, tasked with keeping calm in the Twickenham cauldron between Wales and Australia on Saturday
Craig Joubert is an experienced referee from South Africa, who has been on the international scene since 2003.
The 37-year-old, from Durban, has officiated in 54 Tests, including the 2011 World Cup final between New Zealand and France.
The Uruguay team appeared relaxed ahead of their match with Fiji. Photo: BBC
After suffering the biggest defeat so far of any team at the Rugby World Cup, Uruguay might be forgiven for feeling despondent.
But that is not how this group of largely of amateur players is recovering from the 65-3 drubbing inflicted upon them by Australia in Group A.
Facing Fiji on Wednesday morning (Tuesday UK time), the team is confident it has got a chance of winning.
Wales coach Warren Gatland watches his team play Fiji last Friday. Photo: WalesOnline
After surviving what he called the “group of hell,” Wales coach Warren Gatland was scathing of a Rugby World Cup draw that was based on rankings three years ago and resulted in his team ending up in Pool A with two-time champion Australia, 2003 winner England, and Fiji, a team that easily could have contended for the quarterfinals.
England’s back-to-back losses to Wales and Australia meant a host team became the first to miss out on the quarterfinals. Gatland, a New Zealander, was stuck between a rock and a hard place while watching the game at Twickenham on Saturday — needing Australia to beat England to ensure the pool would be decided before his Wales team meets the Wallabies next week, which came with the unpalatable concept of being a Kiwi supporting his archrival Aussies in a sporting contest.
INAC will this time supply Los Teros
Uruguay’s national rugby team Los Teros which is participating in World Cup in Englandhave been provided with Uruguay’s world-class prime beef supplied by the National Meat Institute of Uruguay, INAC.
INAC has a long established policy of supporting Uruguay’s national football teams with prime beef, and this time has decided to make that support extensive to Los Teros, which is the only amateur team participating at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Chris Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster face the media after the clash against Australia at Twickenham. Photo: Planet Rugby
Stuart Lancaster faces an anxious wait after England’s catastrophic failure in their own Rugby World Cup. Watching England be completely outclassed by Australia means intense pain now but also major concerns looking forward.
Lancaster’s good-guy persona has won him time and faith during previous lows but this is on another scale – the nightmare everyone in England has feared since December 2012 when the draw for the pools was made.
Fiji prop Manasa Saulo attacks for Fiji against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff last Friday. Photo: World Rugby
Fiji prop Manasa Saulo has been suspended for 10 weeks for stamping and will miss their final match of RWC 2015
Flying Fijians tighthead prop Manasa Saulo has been suspended for 10 weeks after admitting to stamping the head of Wales lock Luke Charteris in their Pool A clash last Friday.
In a press release World Rugby stated: “Following a review of video footage, Saulo was cited by Independent Citing Commissioner Bruce Kuklinski (Canada) under Law 10.4(b) for stamping the head of an opponent (Luke Charteris (WAL)) in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A match against Wales in Cardiff on 1 October.
Fiji’s scrum has been impressive throughout their Rugby World Cup matches. Photo: WalesOnline
Suva tighthead prop Leeroy Atalifo has been named to start for the Flying Fijians to replace Manasa Saulo against Uruguay in their last Pool A clash on Wednesday morning at Milton Keynes in England.
The Fiji Warriors prop has been in the fringes of national selection for several years and his hard work and discipline will see him partner Campese Ma’afu to start in this important match for the Fijian side.
Fiji’s Josh Matavesi misses a tackle against Wales winger George North in the Pool A clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photo: DPA
Flying Fijians fly-half Joshua Matavesi says the team always comes first despite mis-reports on his confusion and de-motivation by Fiji’s treatment during Rugby World Cup (RWC2015).
Speaking from the Fiji team-base in Swansea, Wales yesterday Matavesi said; “I wish I personally could have played a bigger role but the team always comes first.”
Wales players show exhaustion more than celebration after the final whistle. Photo: WalesOnline
Wales beat Fiji 23-13 at the Millennium Stadium but failure to secure a bonus point win means their Pool A fate is far from certain
Never mind a bonus point, Wales will be mightily relieved to escape from the Millennium Stadium with a victory after a compelling and frantic World Cup dust-up with Fiji.
Fiji head coach John McKee leads Fiji into three impressive games against the best. Photo: Times UK
Fiji coach John McKee admits it’s frustrating to still be without a point despite three impressive displays in the World Cup.
Having already lost hard-fought games against England and Australia, Fiji were beaten 23-13 in Cardiff by Wales, in a game that could have gone either way.