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France began their World Cup at Twickenham on Saturday, with a routine and unspectacular win against 6-Nations rivals Italy at Twickenham Stadium. However, their 32-10 win, was marred by a knee injury to winger Yoann Huget, which effectively ended the players tournament. On Wednesday they move to a different part of the capital to take on Romania, who will be playing their first game of the competition, at the Olympic Stadium.
Ireland put away the Canadians comfortably in Cardiff by 50-7, in the other Pool D game at the weekend, and the Irish and France look as if they will both ease through to the last eight of the tournament from the Pool. The team finishing second, likely to have to face the All Blacks in Cardiff in the last eight. Romania have appeared at all seven Rugby World Cup tournaments, but have yet to make it beyond the Pool stages. Their form in the warm up games they played ahead of the competition in England, has been less than impressive, with a 16-21 loss in Bucharest against Tonga, a 16-31 reverse against PRO12 side Edinburgh Rugby, and a 10-10 draw with a Yorkshire XV. They may do very well to improve on their 2011 performance, when they lost all four Pool fixtures, and scored just 44 points.
Recent warm up matches for Romania comprise of a 21-16 loss to Tonga in Bucharest and in August they lost 31-16 to Edinburgh Rugby and they drew 10-10 with a Yorkshire XV. Romania have yet to make it beyond the pool stage in seven attempts. In RWC 2011 they lost all four of their matches, going down to England, Argentina, Scotland and Georgia, scoring a total of 44 points and conceding 169.
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