teams in the northern hemisphere have a vengeance to face the south

South African winger Cheslin Kolbe caught by Welsh defense. SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

Beaten last weekend, the European teams will want to relaunch this Saturday against the leaders of the southern hemisphere.

If the first series of test-matches last weekend saw the domination of the nations of the southern hemisphere over those of the north (apart from the XV of France winner of Japan), however, it hinted at of European teams sufficient resources. to take revenge on Saturday.

Serene Blacks against Ireland

Serene after their clear victory (42-19) at Eden Park in Auckland last Saturday, the New Zealanders have logically renewed their team, in which the only change is the mandate in third row Dalton Papalii (24 years) , 13 sel.). The Clover XV, who has never won in New Zealand, did the same, right winger Mack Hansen, recovered from the Covid-19, replaces Keith Earls, author of the first of three Irish attempts at Eden Park.

Victim of another concussion during the first test match, Irish midfielder Johnny Sexton, 36, was re-elected and will also wear the captain’s armband. “Johnny is fine, he is in good shape. He is fit to play on SaturdayIrish assistant coach Mike Catt said Tuesday.

Suspicious Australia, rejuvenated England

The Wallabies, reduced to 14 in Perth and winners (30-28) over the XV of the Rose, must show absolutely another face on Saturday in Brisbane because the English, helped remarkably by their “finalists”, are about to win, with two trials. scored in the 80th minute and the 80 + 3. To do so, coach Dave Rennie, second-line private Darcy Swain, suspended for the next two games after the red card received during the first test, has reorganized his squad by a third.

Eddie Jones, on the grid after a fourth straight loss, meanwhile, opted to make four changes, putting young Jack van Poortvliet (21), three-quarters Tommy Freeman (21) and Guy in the fight. Goalkeeper (25), and the third. line Sam Underhill (25).

Wales believes in it against the Springboks

Leek’s XV did more than shake up the world champions last Saturday in Pretoria: they were left in doubt until the end, as only a stupid foul on their first goal and captain Dan Biggar allowed the Springboks to win, with a penalty by Damian Willemse (29-26). Based on this observation, Welsh coach Wayne Pivac only made one change in his training for the second test at Bloemfontein, while his South African counterpart Jacques Nienaber did the opposite: only four of the twenty-three players who played in the Pretoria turf remain on the team lined up on Saturday.

Thus, some of the executives of the 2019 world title have been sacked, the third line and regular captain of the Springboks Siya Kolisi and the half scrum Faf of Klerk in particular. Instead: young people, including six who have not yet been selected with the green and gold shirt.

The Cougars for the pass of two against Scotland

Argentina, in their first outing with new coach Michael Cheika and in their first home game in almost three years, did well by dominating Scotland (26-18).

In Salta, on Saturday, they will have to repeat this performance, despite the absence of the initial hinge, half scrum Tomas Cubelli and half winger Nicolas Sánchez have retired for the rest of the tour due to injuries suffered during the first test.

The program of the second test-games:

  • New Zealand – Ireland, to Dunedin (09:05)
  • Australia – England, in Brisbane (11:55 am)
  • South Africa – Wales, in Bloemfontein (17:05)
  • Argentina – Scotland, in Salta (9.10 pm)

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