France VS Argentina Live RWC 2019: France vs Argentina, prediction, time, live scores, TV, result and news
Argentina and France lock horns in what is expected to be a tight encounter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Here’s what you need to know.
Digital Editors by Digital Editors 2019-09-20 16:44in Rugby World Cup
rugby world cup 2019 live scores and predictions
Referee Nigel Owens holds one of the official match whistles at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
Argentina have turned to mercurial Stade Francais fly-half Nicolas Sanchez to pull the strings for Los Pumas’ opening World Cup Pool C match against France on Saturday.
Sanchez has a ream of French experience, having also played for Stade’s Top 14 rivals Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon over four seasons before linking up briefly with the Jaguares in Super Rugby.
Argentina will be skippered by marauding flanker Pablo Matera in a strong-looking pack that sees Saracens’ Juan Figallo starting at tight-head prop.
Saturday’s clash in Tokyo will go a long way to determining the fate of Pool C, dubbed the “group of death” as it also includes in-form England.
The heaviest player at Rugby World Cup 2019
All Blacks vs Springboks: Past encounters at the Rugby World Cup
Matsushima scores Japan’s first Rugby World Cup hat-trick
Russia score the first try of Rugby World Cup 2019
Matera said the match was quite simply “the most important game of our lives.”
Toulouse young guns Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont will start at half-back as France plumped for youth in the fixture.
Head coach Jacques Brunel opted for goal-kicker Ntamack, 20, over Camille Lopez while 22-year-old Dupont starts at scrum half, the experienced Maxime Machenaud beating out Baptiste Serin for a place on the bench.
Lopez had started two of the three warm-up matches, but struggled with the boot, in contrast to Ntamack.
France vs Argentina: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: Ajinomoto Stadium will host the action on 21 September (that’s Saturday) at 9:15 SAST. SuperSport 1 will broadcast it live.
For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.
Prediction: Tightest call yet. France to win, just. The machines say by three points.
RWC 2019 live scores and result: France vs Argentina