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Sep 21, 2015

Pumas still dream of ultimate triumph after opening loss

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina will not be swayed from their dream of reaching the Rugby World Cup summit after losing to the All Blacks in their opening match, captain Agustin Creevy said.

“We wanted to start with a win, we couldn’t, but our first dream goes on.” Creevy, who said before the tournament his dream was to lift the trophy, told reporters after the 26-16 defeat by New Zealand in their Pool D opener at Wembley on Sunday.

Sep 21, 2015

Rugby-Pumas still dream of ultimate triumph after opening loss

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Argentina will not be swayed from their dream of reaching the Rugby World Cup summit after losing to the All Blacks in their opening match, captain Agustin Creevy said.

“We wanted to start with a win, we couldn’t, but our first dream goes on.” Creevy, who said before the tournament his dream was to lift the trophy, told reporters after the 26-16 defeat by New Zealand in their Pool D opener at Wembley on Sunday.

Sep 20, 2015

New Zealand forced to dig deep to fend off Pumas

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand had to dig deep to come from behind for a 26-16 victory over Argentina when they opened their defence of the Rugby World Cup in front of a record crowd at Wembley on Sunday.

The All Blacks trailed 16-12 until the 56th minute but their second-half dominance eventually paid off when scrumhalf Aaron Smith and replacement forward Sam Cane scored tries following a first-half score by Pumas lock Guido Petti.

Sep 20, 2015

Rugby-New Zealand forced to dig deep to fend off Pumas

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – New Zealand had to dig deep to come from behind for a 26-16 victory over Argentina when they opened their defence of the Rugby World Cup in front of a record crowd at Wembley on Sunday.

The All Blacks trailed 16-12 until the 56th minute but their second-half dominance eventually paid off when scrumhalf Aaron Smith and replacement forward Sam Cane scored tries following a first-half score by Pumas lock Guido Petti.

Sep 19, 2015

French put win over style, worry about Huget injury

LONDON (Reuters) – France made their best start to a Rugby World Cup since 2003 with their 32-10 win over Italy in Pool D on Saturday having lost to Argentina at home in 2007 and struggled past Japan four years later.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre said he was satisfied with the job done at Twickenham even if the team needed to improve before their matches against Romania then Canada and a potential pool decider against Ireland in Cardiff on Oct. 11.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-French put win over style, worry about Huget injury

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – France made their best start to a Rugby World Cup since 2003 with their 32-10 win over Italy in Pool D on Saturday having lost to Argentina at home in 2007 and struggled past Japan four years later.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre said he was satisfied with the job done at Twickenham even if the team needed to improve before their matches against Romania then Canada and a potential pool decider against Ireland in Cardiff on Oct. 11.

Sep 19, 2015

Michalak steers France past Italy in World Cup opener

LONDON (Reuters) – Flyhalf Frederic Michalak kicked 19 points and laid on the first try with a smart grubber as France beat Italy 32-10 in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Twickenham on Saturday.

France scored two tries through prop Rabah Slimani and replacement forward Nicolas Mas to one for Italy wing Giovanbattista Venditti.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Michalak steers France past Italy in World Cup opener

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Flyhalf Frederic Michalak kicked 19 points and laid on the first try with a smart grubber as France beat Italy 32-10 in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Twickenham on Saturday.

France scored two tries through prop Rabah Slimani and replacement forward Nicolas Mas to one for Italy wing Giovanbattista Venditti.

Sep 19, 2015

Rugby-Italy aim to upset France in first World Cup meeting

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Italy will be inspired by Japan’s phenomenal victory earlier on Saturday as they look to produce another Rugby World Cup upset by beating France at Twickenham.

In the first ever meeting between the two European sides in eight World Cups, the Azzurri will be seeking what would be only their fourth win against the French in 36 meetings.

Sep 18, 2015

Pumas field seven World Cup newcomers against All Blacks

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina have announced a young team with seven Rugby World Cup debutants for their Pool C opener against holders New Zealand at Wembley on Sunday.

The seven, four forwards and three backs who helped Argentina avoid the Rugby Championship wooden spoon for the first time in August, are in a team with five changes from the side beaten 26-12 by South Africa in their last test in Buenos Aires a month ago.

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