Two tries each from Dane Haylett-Petty and Tevita Kurindrani, along with touchdowns from Jordan Petaia, Will Genia and James Slipper sealed a bonus-point win for the men in green and gold.
The Aussies got off to a flying start with winger Haylett-Petty getting over in the right-corner after some nice play from the back-line. Fly-half Christian Lealiifano hit a perfect conversion from the touchline to make it 7-0 in five minutes.
Uruguay responded well and cut the deficit within a couple of minutes from a penalty kick, with Felipe Berchesi sending the kick over from in front of the posts.
Moments later and the Wallabies were down to 14-men as lock Adam Coleman was sin-binned after a high-tackle.
However, it was Australia that hit the next score through 19-year-old Petaia was on the end of a lovely move, bursting through two tackles before spinning around a tackler on the line to touchdown, becoming the youngest try scorer for his country at a World Cup. Again Lealiifano hit the extras to push the Wallabies 14-3 in front.
Just after Coleman returned to the fray the Wallabies were down a man once again as Lukhan Salakaia-Loto was yellow carded for another high-tackle.
Although once again it was the Wallabies that struck with Petaia showing great feet and sent a lovely pass to Kuridrani, who sprinted over for his side’s third try. The extra two were missed this time but they went in 19-3 at the half-time whistle.
The Wallabies took little time to get going after half-time as Kuridrani burst through the defence and raced over for his second and Australia’s fourth to seal the bonus-point. Lealiifano slotted over from the tee to stretch the lead out to 26-3.
Seven minutes on and substitute Genia was sent over by Jack Dempsey who showed great power to hold off a couple of defenders before passing to the scrum-half, who simply had to touch the ball down over the whitewash, with the two being added by Lealiifano.
Just after the hour mark and Slipper barged over for his side’s sixth try of the game and his first for the Wallabies in his 94th test, and Lealiifano made no mistake with the conversion to make it 40-3.
With twelve minutes remaining Haylett-Petty latched onto a brilliant grubber kick through to get another try in the right-corner. The extras were missed this time around.
Despite being well over as a contest minnows Uruguay made a late push and were rewarded with a try as Manual Diana barrelled over the line from close-range to a roar from the crowd that were delighted to see them score a deserved try. Berchesi knocked over the extras in what was the final score of the game as it finished 45-3 in favour of the Wallabies.
The win momentarily puts the Wallabies at the summit of Pool D having played a game more than Wales, and they will hope to secure a place in the last eight of the tournament when they take on Georgia on Friday. Meanwhile, Uruguay will finish up their time in Japan with a clash against Wales next Sunday.
Wallabies Player Ratings
James Slipper (7), Folau Fainga’a (6), Allan Alaalatoa (7), Rob Simmons (7), Adam Coleman (6), Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (5), Michael Hooper (7), Jack Dempsey (8), Nic White (7), Christian Lealiifano (7), Jordan Petaia (8), Matt To’omua (7), Tevita Kuridrani (9), Dane Haylett-Petty (8), Kurtley Beale (7)
Women’s Rugby World Cup looks set to be postponed.
World Rugby has made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of Rugby World Cup 2021, scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand between 18 September-16 October, until next year. The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee on 8 and 9 March respectively.Play Video
While appreciating the recommendation is extremely disappointing for teams and fans, it has their interests at heart, and gives the tournament the best opportunity to be all it can be for them, all New Zealanders and the global rugby family.
The recommendation is based on the evolution of the uncertain and challenging global COVID-19 landscape. It has become clear in recent discussions with key partners including New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Government and participating unions, that, given the scale of the event and the COVID-19-related uncertainties, it is just not possible to deliver the environment for all teams to be the best that they can be on the sport’s greatest stage.
The challenges include uncertainty and the ability for teams to prepare adequately for a Rugby World Cup tournament both before and on arrival in New Zealand, and challenging global travel restrictions.
World Rugby can assure teams, New Zealanders and the global rugby family that the recommendation to postpone the tournament will help to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2021 will be all it can be next year for players, fans and the rugby family – one of the great Rugby World Cups.
Further updates will be issued following the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee meetings next week.
RWC 2023 Pools confirmed.
How the draw worked
As host nation, France was drawn first and placed randomly in one of the four pools. The teams were then drawn randomly from each band, starting with Band 5 (Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia / Pacific 1, Final Qualifier Winner), then Band 4 (Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2), then Band 3 (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy), then Band 2 (Ireland, (France), Australia, Japan) and finally Band 1 (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). The first drawn in each band was placed in Pool A, the second in Pool B, the third in Pool C and the fourth in Pool D.
Twelve of the 20 teams qualified automatically by finishing in the top three places of their Rugby World Cup 2019 pool. These 12 teams are: South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Australia, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy. Acknowledging the global COVID-19 impact on international rugby in 2020, these teams were seeded based on the World Rugby Men’s Rankings as of 1 January, 2020 and placed into the first three bands of four teams.
The remaining eight teams will come through the regional qualification process and were allocated for the draw into bands four and five based on relative strength. They are: Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2, Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia / Pacific 1 and the Final Qualifier Winner.
Qualification process set for Rugby World Cup 2023
- Process designed to promote regional strength and the best teams to rugby’s showcase event
- 12 teams already qualified owing to top three pool placing at RWC 2019
- RWC 2023 on track to be a spectacular celebration of rugby and France
World Rugby has announced details of the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Following the most competitive and widely-acclaimed Rugby World Cup to date in Japan, the qualification process is designed to deliver the top teams in the world to rugby’s showcase tournament, while promoting a genuine opportunity for all unions.
With 12 teams having secured their place at France 2023 courtesy of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at RWC 2019, the remaining eight places will be determined by a process of regional and cross-regional qualifiers. The process will conclude with a four-team round-robin Final Qualification Tournament in November 2022 to determine the final qualifier.
The dates for events in 2021 will be announced in due course and will be subject to an anticipated easing of the COVID-19 situation.
The announcement follows consultation with unions and regions in January 2020 and a full review of performance at Rugby World Cup 2019, where rankings upsets and the impressive performances in particular of Japan, Fiji, Uruguay, Tonga and Georgia cut the performance gap, with the average winning margin between established and emerging unions decreasing in comparison with 2015 benchmarks.
The Americas will deliver two direct places, while Oceania will deliver a direct qualifier with a further direct place available following a play-off with Asia. The Rugby Europe Championship (two direct places), Rugby Africa Cup (one direct place) and Final Qualification Tournament (one direct place) will provide the other qualifiers. Further details are provided below.
RWC 2023 qualification principles
- Americas: the Americas will qualify two teams by September 2022. The third best team in the region will enter the Final Qualification Tournament – Americas 1 & Americas 2
- Europe: the existing Rugby Europe Championship will have two qualifying places, with the two best teams in March 2022 qualifying directly and the third placed entering the Final Qualification Tournament – Europe 1 & Europe 2
- Africa: the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 winner will qualify directly and the runner-up team will go to Final Qualification – Africa 1
- Oceania: a home and away play-off between Tonga and Samoa in 2021 will determine the direct qualifier for the Oceania region. – Oceania 1
The loser will then play the Oceania Rugby Cup 2021 winner in the highest ranked team’s country with the eventual winner contesting Asia / Pacific (see below) as Oceania 2
- Asia / Pacific: the winner of the Asian Rugby Men’s Championship 2021 will play Oceania 2 home and away. The winner on aggregate will determine the qualifier and the loser will go to Final Qualification – Asia / Pacific 1
- Final Qualification Tournament: the tournament in November 2022 will feature four teams playing in a round-robin format with the winner qualifying for RWC 2023 – Final Qualification winner
Teams already qualified: South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France (host), Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Fiji
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “With the global pandemic having halted most rugby activity, confirmation of the global qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 provides a beacon of excitement for all, including players and fans.
“The process that has been developed via full consultation with our regional associations and member unions will provide a genuine opportunity for full member unions to qualify for our showcase men’s 15s event.
“Maximising existing regional competitions, the process is good for regions and unions in managing costs for organisers and participants alike, which is important as we all recover from the global pandemic.
“On behalf of World Rugby, I’d like to wish all teams involved the best of luck on their journey to France 2023.”
Rugby World Cup France 2023 CEO Claude Atcher added: “This qualification process gives emerging unions an opportunity to take part in our sport’s biggest competition.
“The success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and performances by the host nation is a testimony of rugby’s expansion globally. As the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is about to be won, I welcome this optimistic prospect of reconnecting with the excitement of our sport. This is the start of our journey towards France 2023, which will be the best tournament ever delivered.”
Final details of the regional competition formats and dates will be announced in due course.
Official Press Release from World Rugby