Rugby World Cup – Wales shock hosts England

Rugby World Cup - Wales shock hosts England

The smaller neighboring country is putting pressure on the hosts in the Rugby World Cup and South Africa could win as well. Wladimir Klitschko will have to postpone his next fight. Andreas Michelmann is the new handball president.

Rugby World Cup: The injury-stricken Wales national rugby team stunned World Cup hosts England with a valiant fight. In front of 82,000 spectators in London, coach Stuart Lancaster’s team left the group game after half time on Saturday evening and lost 25:28 (16:9). After the first defeat in the second match, England are worried about entering the quarter-finals. In strong Group A, a win against two-time world champions Australia would still be necessary to secure one of the first two places. Wales, on the other hand, have good chances for the knockout stage with their second win.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said: “Victory means a lot. For me personally and for the players.” The most talked-about game in Great Britain before the start of the World Cup lived up to all expectations. England, who won the last two prestige doubles matches, confidently defended their lead till the 72nd minute. But then Gareth Davies suddenly made the first attempt for Wales and the tie ended at 25:25 with two extra points. Wales had to replace three injured players earlier. Exactly three minutes later, kicker Dan Bigger won the penalty kick, which was also man of the match with 23 points.

South Africa, on the other hand, played their frustration off their feet after losing to Japan: the two-time world champions beat Samoa 46-6 at Villa Park in Birmingham, with JP Peterson being the match-winner with a hat-trick. The Springboks’ 32:34 loss to South Africa against the Japanese a week ago was perhaps the biggest sensation ever in World Cup history. In such a situation, the team of coach Heineke Meyer was under pressure. South Africa will now play Scotland next Saturday. Samoa, who beat USA 25:16 in the opening game, meets Japan on the same day. The Asians lost their second game against the Scots at 10:45 after a sensation against South Africa.

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Handball: Andreas Michelmann is the new president of the German Handball Federation (DHB). The previous vice-president for amateur and popular sports was elected in a secret ballot with a vote of 73:46, as part of the extraordinary DHB Bundestag on Saturday in Hanover. Michaelman was the only candidate. Carsten Corte of the Westphalia Handball Association took over from Michaelman as vice president for amateur and popular sports. His predecessor, Heinz Winden, was the new Vice President Legal, succeeding Anja Mathis, who resigned for personal reasons. The election in the middle of the legislative term was made necessary after Bernhard Bauer, elected in Düsseldorf in September 2013, resigned from office in March this year. The next regular presidential election will be held in 2017 as part of the Bundestag.

Boxing, Wladimir Klitschko: World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko’s fight against Briton Tyson Fury, scheduled for October 24, has been canceled and will take place at a later date. Klitschko Management Group confirmed this on Friday. According to information from the “Build” newspaper, the 39-year-old Ukrainian tore a tendon in his left calf during training. The World Championships for the WBO, IBF and WBA belts are to be rescheduled at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf. Klitschko stable wants to announce the date as soon as possible.

Klitschko, the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion, was injured at his training camp in Going/Austria on Thursday. The Ukrainian immediately went to former Bayern doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wolfhardt for treatment. “He’s the best man for this kind of treatment,” says Bonte. Klitschko was the favorite for the World Championship match. The Ukrainian has been unbeaten for 11 years and has won 64 of his 67 professional bouts. Fury is undefeated in 24 matches.

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