April 14, 2024

No.1: Wallabies in the doldrums

At the very least quarter-finalists in previous World Cups, the Wallabies failed to make the grade in France this time. While their recent results have been less than impressive (five defeats in as many matches in July-August), few could have imagined such a fiasco for Australia at the 2023 World Cup. For the first time in their history, th…

No.1: Wallabies in the doldrums

At the very least quarter-finalists in previous World Cups, the Wallabies failed to make the grade in France this time. While their recent results have been less than impressive (five defeats in as many matches in July-August), few could have imagined such a fiasco for Australia at the 2023 World Cup. For the first time in their history, they failed to reach the final phase of the competition. Ba at home. To achieve this, the Wallabies’ management will have to make a serious decision when it comes to selecting the next coach. After some complicated years with Dave Rennie in particular, Will Skelton’s team-mates will no doubt be hoping to put a smile back on their faces and once again become one of the strongest nations in the southern hemisphere.

N°2 : Nadal, a season in hell

Anything but a coincidence? Rafael Nadal, who played just four matches in 2023, ended the year ranked 666th in the ATP rankings! The former world number one and ex-record holder of Grand Slam titles (22) saw his rival Novak Djokovic, winner of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open, snatch this record from him, as the Serb now counts a total of five Grand Slam titles to his name.Cup at the very beginning of the year, by Alex de Minaur (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) then Cameron Norrie (3-6, 6-1, 7-5), the Spaniard won his only match of 2023 in the first round of the Australian Open, against Jack Draper (7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1), before losing to Mackenzie McDonald (6-4, 6-4, 7-5). With a hip injury, he won’t play again this season and will be out of the Top 100 for the first time in 20 years. But the Manacor bull has not yet said his last word.removed from its subject, opened the door to the unpredictable. Carlos Sainz Jr won the battle right up to the last lap, thanks to perfect race management. Although Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and the Spaniard were able to claim pole positions, they were never able to match Max Verstappen and, at the start of the season, Sergio Pérez. Untouchable in terms of race pace and tire management, the RB20 was the ultimate weapon for the now three-time world champion, who scattered his rivals like a jigsaw puzzle and destroyed any shred of suspense before the season was even halfway over. With 21 victories from the 22 Grands Prix contested this year, and more points than Mercedes and Ferrari combined, the Red Bull Racing team had absolutely no rivals in 2023, forcing enthusiasts to look to the heart of the field for something to play for, or to hope for a combination of circumstances to see this hegemony diminish. The coronation at n and validated after a sprint perfectly sum up a season with a very quickly agreed scenario. We can only hope that Ferrari’s return to form at the end of the season and Mercedes’ promise to design a single-seater that is finally up to scratch will change things in 2024.

N°4: Ferrari misses out again

N°5: A few problems at the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup,