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The rugby team meets in France for the last time before the play-off

The Portuguese rugby team will hold a three-day training camp in Tarbes, France, starting on Friday, in what will be the last opportunity to gather all the players before the World Cup playoffs.

The internship will be “supported by local businessmen”, the president of the Portuguese Rugby Federation (FPR), Carlos Amado da Silva, told Lusa, and is “sponsored” by former Portuguese international Thomas da Costa, current councilor of the town of Tarbes. . , in charge of relations with sports associations.

There will be 20 players from here, to which will be added about 20 more who play in the French championship, which has an interruption next weekend. Unfortunately, only Mike Tadjer cannot participate, because he has a game for his team”, said Amado da Silva.

The internship, which serves as preparation for the play-off tournament for the 2023 World Cup in France, to be held in Dubai in November, is “as much as possible” for the “lack of support”which does not allow the ‘wolves’ to prepare in a similar way to the opponents.

“The United States is in South Africa for a month, training with Italy, Argentina and the Cheetahs. Kenya and Hong Kong have been meeting for a month. We don’t have that possibility either because there are games. It is a difference between David and Goliath. But the idea is only one, which is to win”, said the federative leader.

The final playoff tournament for the 2023 World Cup will take place at The Sevens Stadium, in Dubai, between November 6 and 18, in the format all against all (all against all in one round), determining only the winner.

Portugal will face the teams from Hong Kong, on November 6, Kenya, on the 12th of the same month, and ends the playoff tournament against the United States on the 18th.

The team that wins the final playoff tournament will be part of Group C of the World Cup, with the teams of Wales, Australia, Fiji and Georgia.

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will take place in France from September 8 to October 28.

Source: Observadora

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