World Cup 2015: France 32-10 Italy

first_imgItaly had 57 per cent of the territory, compared to France who had 43 per centFrance beat 23 defenders to Italy’s 14Scott Spedding carried the ball furthest, with 128 metres run, Picamoles and Nakaitaci had 67 and 66 metres respectivelyThierry Dusautoir was the game’s highest tackler with 12France: S Spedding, Y Huget (G Fickou 55), M Bastareaud, A Dumoulin, N Nakaitaci, F Michalak (R Tales 75), S Tillous Borde (M Parra 60); E Ben Arous (V Debaty 60), G Guirado (B Keyser 60), R Slimani (N Mas 60), P Pape, Y Maestri (A Flanquart 68), T Dusautoir, D Chouly, L Picamoles (B Le Roux 65)Tries: Rabah Slimani (43), Nicolas Mas (68)Pens: Frederic Michalak (5), Scott Spedding (1)Cons: Frederic Michalak (2)Italy: L McLean, L Sarto, M Campagnaro, A Masi (E Bacchin 10), G Venditti, T Allan (,C Canna 72), E Gori (G Palazzani 71); M Aguero, L Ghiraldhini (A Manici 62), M Castrogiovanni (L Cittadini 49), Q Geldenhuys, J Furno (V Bernabo 71), A Zanni, F Minto (S Favaro 60), S VunisaReps: M Rizzo (unused)Tries: Giovanbattista VendittiPens: Allan (1)Cons: Allan (1)Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)Man of the Match: Louis Picamoles Attendance: 76,232 France kicked off their World Cup campaign with a comfortable win over Italy at Twickenham, where they used the boot of Frederic Michalak to drum up a comfortable 15-3 lead at the break before Rabah Slimani and Nicolas Mas crossed the whitewash in the second-half to give the score some sheen. Italy had brief periods of possession in dangerous territory but they were largely outclassed and outmuscled, with the only cheer for their passionate fans, a try from wing Venditti.What’s hotSpecial atmosphereFrom the Marseillaise being sung on the approach to Twickenham, to “Il Canto degli Italiani” being belted out by Italians outside the West Gate, there was a convivial, uplifting feel to pre-match events. Hell, there was even a clutch of bagpipers, no doubt protesting against their draconian ban from stadiums, but it felt different, festival-like. It was wholly refreshing and one hopes the host country will embrace this already wonderful tournament well beyond its normal rugby environs.Colour: French and Italian fans should be applauded for creating a wonderful, friendly atmosphereThe French packItaly have a reputation for being uncompromising up front but it was the French eight that allowed Michalak an armchair ride in which to direct operations. In Eddy Ben Arous, Guilhem Guirado and Rabah Slimani, they not only have a trio who are competent in the set-piece but also shine in the loose, Guirado’s power-fend thundering down on the Italian line was a joy to behold. That they have the enormous Vincent Debaty and grizzled Nicolas Mas to come off the bench can’t hurt either. In the backrow, Louis Picamoles has played some of his best rugby in recent weeks and again he was rampant in the loose, skittling Italian defenders and offloading at will. They will take some stopping.Freddie MichalakYes, he’s been maligned in his career – sometimes deservedly so – but we’ll miss him when he’s gone. Freddie had a considered game for France, pulling the strings, throwing flat – heart stopping – passes, chuntering around and generally playing in that nonchalant fashion we’ve come to expect. Knocking over seven out of nine kicks was also to his credit. He was certainly given a warm applause as he left the field. In what is his last World Cup, we can safely say it’s been an enjoyable ride. Merci Fred.Le petit generale: Frederic Michalak slotted 19 points in a compose, mature displayWhat’s notMaking your mind upIn the 14th minute, after concerted French pressure, Louis Picamoles tried a miracle offload around Leonardo Sarto to Noa Nakaitaci. It rebounded off Sarto’s backside into Nakaitaci’s hands and after lengthy deliberation with TMO Shaun Veldsman – the same TMO operating during the England v Fiji game – a try was given. When a further replay showed on the big screen, Nakaitaci was seen to lose control of the ball during grounding to loud boos from the crowd, similar to last night’s Matawalu try. Cue, more confusion and the try then being disallowed. Either give it or don’t give it!Italian stallionsScant consolation: Giovanbattista Venditti scores for Italy but the were comfortably beatenWhile Italy play with heart, there is a worrying lack of quality in their ranks without the talismanic Sergio Parisse. For all the endeavour shown by the likes of Ghiraldhini and Zanni in the pack they were bullied up front – once such a source of strength for the Azurri and that will concern them. In the last six months they have been thrashed by Wales, Scotland and now France. Way out at No 15 in the world rankings,  Jacques Brunel’s four-year tenure looks to be going out with a whimper.Damned injuriesNo one likes to see players of real quality being helped from the field in genuine discomfort, but rugby is a rough old game. In the 10th minute Andrea Masi, the classy Italy and Wasps centre went off on a stretcher with a suspected Achilles injury, and after the break, Yoann Huget, the jet-heeled Toulouse wing went down in agony out on the flank. He too was helped off the field. Huget is a controversial wing, with a poor disciplinary record but his star-quality is unquestioned and if he is ruled out, he will be a loss to the tournament. Speedy recovery to both.Disappointment: Yoann Huget can’t hide his pain as he’s helped off the pitchStatisticsFrance carried the ball 490 metres to Italy’s 267 metres What was hot and what was not from the 2015 World Cup game between France and Italycenter_img Raise your hand: The excellent Louis Picamole salutes Nicolas Mas’ try LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Wu-Tang Clan Confirms New Album With “People Say” Featuring Redman

first_imgYesterday, Wu-Tang Clan shared a new track “People Say” featuring Redman without any peep on their website or socials. The rumor cycle spun out of control with predictions of a new album, or presumptions that it might be from Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which is technically owned by pharma CEO Martin Shkreli. A few hours after the release, suspicions were confirmed by the hip-hop masters that indeed there is a new album on the way, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, due out October 13. The forthcoming record is produced by RZA and Mathematics.RZA explains in a press release, “For years, Math has had the idea of putting together a body of music using modern and legendary equipment such as ASR10 with vocal performances by Wu-Tang Clan members and other prominent MCs.” He continues, “With The Saga Continues he’s created a masterpiece. We at 36 Chambers ALC are honored to work with Mathematics and Wu-Tang Clan to put out a great piece of art.”Following their 2014 A Better Tomorrow, “People Say” is the second single from 2017 alongside “Don’t Stop,” which was part of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley soundtrack. Taste the first piece of Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues below:Wu-Tang Clan will tour as both solo and group performances throughout the U.S. this fall.Wu-Tang Clan 2017 Tour Dates:09/01 — Kalamazoo, MI @ The Back Room *09/03 — Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field ^09/07 — Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room *09/10 — Clio, MI @ Cannibis Cup09/15 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl #09/16 — Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest09/17 — Los Angeles, CA @ Paid Dues Fest *09/22 — Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard *09/24 — Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *09/25 — Austin, TX @ Antone’s *09/26 — San Antonio, TX @ The Korova *10/06 — St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall *10/07 — Los Angeles, CA @ Globe Theater *10/08 — Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Freight Depot #10/21 — Chicago, IL @ Navy Pier #* = Raekwon solo^ = Method Man & Redman# = Ghostface Killah sololast_img read more

Biden taps Kamala Harris to be first black woman VP

first_img“I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”The decision, announced in typical 2020 style on social media, was a crucial moment for Biden as he aims to build a broad coalition of voters to oust Trump from the White House.Harris, who at 55 is two decades Biden’s junior, could appeal to women voters, particularly those in the US suburbs who have been leaning away from Trump. The former California attorney general also personifies the diversity seen as key to building enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket.Taking to Twitter shortly after the announcement, Harris — who ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination against Biden — said she was “honored” to now join him as nominee for vice president, and would “do what it takes” to help him win. Topics : “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals,” she wrote. For Harris, being elevated onto a Democratic presidential ticket is the political moment of a lifetime. And if they win, the telegenic but tough Californian becomes the automatic frontrunner in the race for the 2024 or 2028 Democratic nomination.Biden, who is three years older than Trump, would be the oldest person to take the office, and there is broad speculation that should Biden win, he would serve a single term and groom his deputy to succeed him.Biden is likely confident that Harris has the policy chops and the governing experience to help lead on day one, and immediately step into the job as president if needed.Trump poured scorn on Biden’s announcement, saying he was “surprised” at his choice given Harris’s lackluster performance in the Democratic nomination race.”She did very poorly in the primaries” Trump told reporters at the White House. “And that’s like a poll.” He went on to attack Harris for her role in the bruising confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling her “the meanest, the most horrible, the most disrespectful of anybody in the US Senate.”But Biden’s pick of Harris drew ringing endorsements from other quarters — including from Barack Obama, America’s first black commander in chief.”I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job,” tweeted Trump’s predecessor.”This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.” Trailblazer Harris has been a barrier-breaker for much of her political career. Her parents were immigrants to the United States — her father from Jamaica, her mother from India. She was the first black woman elected as California’s attorney general, and only the second black woman, and the first woman of South Asian heritage, to be elected to the US Senate. Biden’s team stated that the two Democrats will deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware as they kick off their joint campaign.Next week the party convenes its Democratic National Convention — almost entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic — when Biden and Harris will both deliver acceptance speeches.Harris had clashed with Biden during the first Democratic debate of the 2020 race, chiding the former senator over his opposition to 1970s busing programs that forced integration of segregated schools.It provided her with a breakout moment which proved short-lived: Harris dropped out of the race in December 2019 and endorsed Biden in March.Despite their debate fireworks, Biden has made it clear he does not hold a grudge, describing Harris as a “first-rate intellect, a first-rate candidate and a real competitor.” White House hopeful Joe Biden named Kamala Harris as his running mate Tuesday, a landmark pick that puts the senator from California in contention to become America’s first female, and first black vice president.Biden’s announcement capped a months-long search for a Democratic partner to challenge President Donald Trump in November.”I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden, 77, said on Twitter.last_img read more

Kai Havertz nears Chelsea switch after midfielder ‘completes medical’

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 8 Best Looking US First Ladies EverWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Kai Havertz’s Chelsea transfer appears to have moved another step closer after the midfielder reportedly completed a medical with Frank Lampard’s side. The 21-year-old looks set to complete his move from Bayer Leverkusen in the coming days, according to the latest report from Germany. Havertz is understood to have agreed terms on a five-year deal with Chelsea, who are set to sign him for £72million plus add-ons which could eventually take the fee up to a British record £90m. And one more stage of the hotly anticipated transfer has been completed after the Germany international passed a medical, according to Bild. The German publication, cited by Mail Online, reports that all the formalities are now complete after he passed all medical tests on Sunday, leaving the way clear for Chelsea to announce their marquee signing.Advertisement Kai Havertz (centre) training with Germany teammates on Tuesday ahead of games against Spain and Switzerland Read Also: Barcelona board at war over Lionel Messi sale, asking price Havertz will follow fellow Germany attacker Timo Werner in joining Lampard’s side, after the striker switched from RB Leipzig earlier this summer. Chelsea have also signed winger Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester, and centre-half Malang Sarr from Nice. And Thiago Silva joined on a free transfer after the central defender’s contract at Paris-Saint Germain expired. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more