Posted by: fiore | September 5, 2007

2 days and 10 hours to go…

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The biggest event of the year is just 2 days and a handful of hours apart, and the excitement is increasing minute after minute.

The Rugby World Cup 2007 is going to kick off on Friday 07th September, at 21.00 in Stade de France, Saint-Denis, when the hosts will face a fierce Argentina, in the most difficult pool of the Championship.

France coach, Bernard Laporte, has already announced its XV for the match:

1 Olivier Milloud – Bourgoin
2 Raphael Ibanez – London Wasps (C)
3 Pieter de Villiers – Stade Français
4 Fabien Pelous – Toulouse
5 Jérome Thion – Biarritz
6 Serge Betsen – Biarritz
7 Remy Martin – Stade Français
8 Imanol Harinordoquy – Biarritz
9 Pierre Mignoni – Clermont
10 David Skrela – Stade Français
11 Christophe Dominici – Stade Français
12 Damien Traille – Biarritz
13 Yannick Jauzion – Toulouse
14 Aurélien Rougerie – Clermont
15 Cédric Heymans – Toulouse

16 Dimitri Szarzewski – Stade Français
17 Jean-Baptiste Poux – Toulouse
18 Sébastien Chabal – Sale
19 Julien Bonnaire – Bourgoin
20 Thierry Dusautoir – Toulouse
21 Jean-Baptiste Elissalde – Toulouse
22 Frédéric Michalak – Toulouse

Marcelo Loffreda, the Pumas coach, has also announced his team to play France in the IRB Rugby World Cup opening match at the Stade de France on Friday.

1 Rodrigo Roncero
2 Mario Ledesma Arocena
3 Juan Martin Scelzo
4 Carlos Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
5 Patricio Albacete
6 Lucas Ostiglia
7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon
9 Agustin Pichot (c)
10 Juan Martin Hernandez
11 Horacio Agulla
12 Felipe Contepomi
13 Manuel Contepomi
14 Lucas Borges
15 Ignacio Corleto

Replacements:

16 Alberto Vernet Basualdo
17 Santiago Gonzalez Bonorino
18 Rimas Álvarez Kairelis
19 Martin Durand
20 Nicolas Fernandez Miranda
21 Federico Todeschini
22 Hernan Senillosa

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