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Aimee Lewis

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  1. Full-time

    France 38-11 Romania

    And relax. Another delightful day of the Rugby World Cup ends, but we don't have to wait too long for the next match because New Zealand take on Namibia on Thursday at 20:00 BST. 

    "If Japan are minnows, Namibia are plankton," writes Ben Dirs in his article which makes for perfect reading before Thursday's match. 

    Thanks, as always, for joining us. See you again tomorrow. 

  2. As it stands

    France 38-11 Romania

    Rugby World Cup
  3. Full-time

    France 38-11 Romania

    Go on then, I'll give you another stat before we shut this thing down for the night. 

    Yannick Nyanga scored his first try for France since November 2012 ending a run of 16 games without a try, his longest spell without a try for Les Bleus.

    Yannick Nyanga
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    France 38-11 Romania

    Talking of Sofiane Guitoune, the winger becomes the first player to score a brace for France since Teddy Thomas scored a hat-trick of tries against Fiji in November 2014.

    It is also the first time France have won four games on the bounce since 2012.

  5. Full-time

    France 38-11 Romania

    That was a decent match for the 50,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium. Romania offered more of a resistance than many would have predicted, while France scored a few great tries, with Sofiane Guitoune particularly impressing. 

    France v Romania
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    France 38-11 Romania

    France v Romania
  7. France 38-11 Romania

    Two wins from their opening two matches for France, but they'll know they haven't won the postcode lottery yet. 

  8. Full-time

    France 38-11 Romania

    Six tries is more than enough for one match, says Jaco Peyper as he toots his whistle to conclude the match. 

  9. Try - Fickou

    France 38-11 Romania

    Wesley Fofana and Gael Fickou celebrate

    A honeyed platform from the line-out... Gael Fickou side-steps and is free to touch down unchallenged. Rory Kockott converts from in front of the posts. 

  10. Kicking accuracy

    France 31-11 Romania

    Rory Kockott was left with a much simpler conversion than team-mate Morgan Parra, whose three attempts all came from the right touchline. But the result was exactly the same - two extra points.

    France v Romania
  11. Try - Ursache; Vlaicu missed con

    France 31-11 Romania

    Andrei Ursache scores

    Romania with a line-out within touching distance of the France tryline... quick possession... a canny short line-out, France have no-one in defence and Andrei Ursache, with the help of his team-mates, dives over. Florin Vlaicu misses the conversion. The Romanians celebrate as if they've won the World Cup. Lynn Howells is cock-a-hoop on the sidelines. 

  12. France 31-6 Romania

    We're into the final 10 minutes and this result will be just as the bookies' would've predicted, though Romania have been gutsy - bossing the breakdown on occasions, frightening France in the scrum sometimes. The scoreline suggests it was easy, but Les Bleus have been in a battle. 

  13. Converted try - Fofana; Kockott conv

    France 31-6 Romania

    Wesley Fofana

    An inside pass from Brice Dulin sets Wesley Fofana into motion... a shuffle of the hips from the centre as he evades one tackle, then another, Romanians still coming at him as he crosses the tryline but the Frenchman grounds the ball. Rory Kockott knocks over a straightforward conversion. 

  14. Converted try - Guitoune; Parra conv

    France 24-6 Romania

    Sofiane Guitoune scores a second try

    The pink-booted Sofiane Guitoune bursts through two tackles, reaches for the tryline as two other Romanian defenders belatedly attempt to thwart him. The referee asks for a second opinion. Was there a double or even triple movement? It's all A-OK. Morgan Parra successful with another tricky conversion. There's no way back for Romania from here. 

  15. France 17-6 Romania

    Morgan Parra patiently waiting to be allowed to put in at the scrum, neither front-row able to engage within the rules of the law. Eventually, the forwards crack the code and Parra combines with Damien Chouly, earning his team some acres... the Romanian 22 in sight. 

  16. France 17-6 Romania

    Romania have competed well at the breakdown, which is why France have struggled to cut themselves loose from Lynn Howells' men. Both teams have made the equal number of carries, too - 69 each. 

    France currently attacking... Romania defending in numbers...

    France v Romania
  17. France 17-6 Romania

    Back-rower Valentin Ursache charging through the midfield, flattening Damien Chouly, the French 22 in his eyeline, but France are at the breakdown quickly and Bernard Le Roux nicks possession, consequently killing another Romanian attack. 

  18. France 17-6 Romania

    After exerting so much energy in engineering themselves into a fine attacking position, France lose the ball 5m from the Romanian line. Accidental crossing, says the referee, as the forwards attempted to start a maul from the line-out. Sacre bleu. 

  19. France 17-6 Romania

    France promising to burst into Technicolour as they surge into the Romanian 22... "Allez les Bleus," chant the French faithful... The forwards punching holes, Morgan Parra directing play. Nicolas Mas with the finesse of a sledgehammer gaining metres... Romania caught offside. France opt for the line-out. 

  20. France 17-6 Romania

    A scrum

    France's fans sing La Marseillaise as both packs prepare to scrum down. Nothing much to talk about at the moment. It's all a little scrappy...Romania lose line-out ball... an aerial ping-pong exchange...

  21. Making metres

    France 17-6 Romania

    France on the front foot here, too. Morgan Parra with a kick over the Romanian defence and Gael Fickou is blocked from getting anywhere near the tryline by Ionut Botezatu. Nothing illegal about that, apparently, so on we go. 

    France v Romania
  22. France 17-6 Romania

    A line-out

    It's so quiet inside the Olympic Stadium that you can hear hooker Otar Turashvili bellow the line calls to his team-mates. Supporters of both teams needing invention or trickery to spark them into a rousing chorus. 

  23. France 17-6 Romania

    Lynn Howells, the former Pontypridd and Cardiff coach, sits back in his chair, muttering something or other, frustrated at watching his team give up possession. 

    France, in the Romanian half, edging closer to their 22... But Gael Fickou, drifting across field, is knocked down, he had no-one in support, and the ball slips out of his grasp and onto the turn. Danger averted for The Oaks. 

  24. France 17-6 Romania

    Romania wanting to go through the phases... the crowd's groan says it all, however, as Johann Van Heerden drops the ball while looking to avoid a collision. The lock slaps the turf. He knows his team were building momentum. 

  25. France 17-6 Romania

    Romania have won a put-in at the scrum, about 35m from the France tryline, and we know what happened in the scrum early on in the first half. The men in blue attempting to turn the scrum, but a wobbling Romania pack get the ball back and The Oaks go hunting for the French 22. 

  26. Kick-off

    France 17-6 Romania

    A France supporter

    Ready to go again? No? Tough luck because it's go, go, go for the second half. 

  27. Half-time

    France 17-6 Romania

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has gone all Basil Fawlty in the changing room, he's standing up and gesticulating wildly to his players. The Frenchman not satisfied with the 11-point half-time lead. 

  28. Half-time stats

    France 17-6 Romania

    We know you've been wondering about first-half possession and territory so here are how things stood in the first half: 

    France v Romania
  29. Half-time

    France 17-6 Romania

    Romania have been kings of the turnover so far... We doff our caps to you, Mr Lazar. 

    France v Romania
  30. Half-time

    France 17-6 Romania

    There's only so much excitement referee Jaco Peyper can take. He brings the half to an end and off trot the players. 

  31. Penalty - Vlaicu

    France 17-6 Romania

    Florin Vlaicu

    Gael Fickou gang-tackled by Paula Kinikinilau and Florin Vlaicu and the French centre's refusal to surrender possession on the floor gives Vlaicu another chance to aim at the posts. 

    The Romania centre kicking with a sniper's calm. Three more points to the Oaks and Paulica Ion is back on the pitch, too!

  32. France 17-3 Romania

    Catalin Fercu is tackled by Sofiane Guitoune

    There's about five minutes until half-time and the score has leaped from 3-3 to 17-3 in a blink of an eye. The sin-binning of Paulica Ion costly for the Oakes. Romania still willing to dare where other teams might call for caution, but France's defence is refusing to fold. 

  33. Converted try - Nyanga; Parra conv

    France 17-3 Romania

    Yannick Nyanga

    The side-stepping Brice Dulin was the architect, joining the attack from full-back. The French build momentum... a delightful floating pass from Morgan Parra to Alexandre Flanquart, who releases  Yannick Nyanga on the right wing. Parra with another superb touchline conversion. 

  34. Converted try - Guitoune; Parra conv

    France 10-3 Romania

    Sofiane Guitoune scores a try

    He's wearing pink boots, but that's OK because he has the speed of a panther and the strength of a bear. Sofiane Guitoune superbly dives over near the right touchline, keeping his feet in play and grounding the ball with one hand despite Catalin Fercu on his back. 

    Morgan Parra's conversion swishes and sways but in between the uprights it sails. 

  35. Sin-bin - Paulica Ion

    A French maul

    The only way Romania can stop a French maul from a line-out 5m from the Romanian line is to do so illegally. The referee spots it and tight-head Paulica Ion must leave the field for 10 minutes. 

  36. Get Involved


    Ben James: Romanian forwards are pumped up! Backs are letting them down though

    Andrew Priestley: It has been great to see the so called 'lesser' nations giving the big boys a run for their money. Romania are competing very well

  37. France 3-3 Romania

    Sweat dripping down the noses of the Romanian front-row, they've already put a shift in, but gravity pulls them down and the Romanians have lost the put-in and France can now sniff a chance to attack... 

  38. Missed penalty

    France 3-3 Romania

    Florin Vlaicu

    Florin Vlaicu opts for power rather than accuracy and the crowd grumble and groan as they watch his effort balloon wide. It wasn't an easy chance - about 35m out -  but the Halfpennys and Carters of this world would've nailed it with ease. 

  39. France 3-3 Romania


    There's being optimistic and there's thinking fish will learn to climb trees. Danut Dumbrava  going for an ambitious drop-goal from the halfway line, but it isn't a wasted opportunity as Romania have won a penalty. Five turnovers won by the men in yellow so far in this match. France? Zero. None. 

  40. France 3-3 Romania

    The committed Romanians are competing very well with their French opponents. Don't believe me? Look down below at our snazzy graphic for proof. France are just shading possession and territory, but there's hardly a cigarette paper between the two sides after the opening quarter.

    France v Romania
  41. France 3-3 Romania

    Decibels rise inside the stadium as a French maul forms from the line-out, the indestructible Louis Picamoles taking charge. But France are unable to string phases together as Romania buzz around the breakdown. 

    Captain Dimitri Szarzewski fails to get away from the tackle and Romania win turnover ball! From defence to attack and toward the halfway line they go. 

  42. Penalty - Vlaicu

    France 3-3 Romania

    Florin Vlaicu

    Florin Vlaicu recovers from the disappointment of not scoring a try and boots over the simplest of penalties in front of the posts. Easy peasy. 

  43. No try

    France 3-0 Romania

    "At no point has the ball touched the ground," says the TMO and the crowd hiss. Jaco Peyper content to be the pantomime villain on this occasion. But Romania are awarded a kick at the posts for offside. 

  44. Try review

    Florin Vlaicu tries to score

    More fist-pumping from the men in yellow, winning a penalty in the French 22 and they opt for the touchfinder. Roars from the crowd as they applaud the underdogs' derring-do. 

    Line-out secured and forward Romania rumble... the men in the boiler room content to keep the ball and cause damage inch by inch until they spin it out to Florin Vlaicu, who charges through and over the line. Does he ground the ball? The TMO will decide. 

  45. France 3-0 Romania

    Mihai Macovei

    Romania making a nuisance of themselves on France's line-out ball, scrappy possession for the men in blue, and eventually the Oaks turnover ball - Mihaita Lazar doing the necessary at the base of the ruck. France being stifled at the moment. 

  46. France 3-0 Romania

    Noa Nakaitaci

    Romania have made 18 tackles already in this opening quarter, missing three, and there's a sense that they'll have to endlessly throw their bodies at blue shirts this evening. 

  47. France 3-0 Romania

    A stop to play as both front rows collapse at the scrum. Romania have put-in on the halfway line. Can they overpower the France pack and spark more fist-pumping celebrations? 

    Non, non, non. Hands-on-the-heads moment as the scrum spins like a wheel, and it'll be France's put-in next. 

  48. Penalty - Parra

    France 3-0 Romania

    Morgan Parra

    France switch play at lightning speed, Wesley Fofana punching a hole in Romania's defence with a bulldozing run. Les Bleus controlling this match... attempt the diagonal kick but nothing comes of it and referee Jaco Peyper blows for an earlier infringement at the breakdown. 

    Morgan Parra with the simplest of penalty attempts in front of the posts. He could backheel it over the uprights if he wanted. 

  49. France 0-0 Romania

    The line-out could be a problem for the Romanians, or should we call them The Oaks? They lose their own ball from a promising position. "Allez les bleus," ripples around the stadium. 

    Another look at a French scrum. This one steadier and Louis Picamoles escapes from the base and goes on a rampage...

  50. France 0-0 Romania

    Quick ball from France's first line-out of the evening, but as Les Bleus attempt to recycle Romania steal the ball. Cheeky. 

    An early glimpse  at the scrum too, Morgan Parra with the put-in, and France are retreating. A mighty shove by the Romanians and they're high-fiving and fist-pumping.

  51. Kick-off

    Jaco Peyper, who was in charge of England's match against Fiji, puts his whistle to his mouth and gets this party started.

  52. Get involved


    Romania fans

    Andrew Priestley: The Olympic Stadium looks very well tonight, brilliant to see it full. It was a great decision to use it as a venue for the RWC.

  53. National anthems

    France v Romania (20:00 BST)

    Dimitri Szarzewski leads out Les Bleus and the flashbulbs start popping. Minutes until this one gets started but first to the national anthems. Chests puffed out? Check. Players shoulder-to-shoulder? Check. Here we go...

    Matthieu Bastaeaud
  54. Romania calling

    France v Romania (20:00 BST)

    Romanian fans have brought a bit of colour and noise to the capital today. Here's one band of supporters, captured on the team's Instagram account, enjoying London life.

    France v Romania
  55. Romania team news

    Those of you who have done your homework will know that Romania have named their most experienced World Cup team, with the starting XV sharing 684 Test caps.

    In the only change from their final warm-up match, a 21-16 defeat by Tonga in Bucharest, Mihaita Lazar comes in at loose-head prop in place of Andrei Ursache.

    Romania team news
  56. Ten minutes until kick-off

    The players limbering up on the pitch, hoping the spirit of Bolt, Farah and Ennis-Hill can inspire them for the next 80 minutes. Ten minutes or so until kick-off. 

  57. Post update

    Life in Croydon doesn't seem so bad after all, eh. Last week there were whispers that Les Bleus weren't particularly enjoying their Croydon base. 

    But France's number eight Louis Picamoles, fly-half Remi Tales, scrum-half Morgan Parra and prop Vincent Debaty seemed in good spirits as they endured an ice bath at a plush Health Spa in the English capital. 

    France v Romania
  58. France team news

    Who will entertain us this evening? France centre Wesley Fofana returns after recovering from a thigh injury and is one of 13 changes from the starting XV that won 32-10 against Italy.

    Number eight Louis Picamoles and wing Noa Nakaitaci are the two to keep their place from that opening match.

    France team
  59. Get Involved


    Sing the Romanian national anthem? It might take more than 30 minutes for this sports desk to learn the words and the tune but we'll give it a go...

  60. Predictable result?

    Two of today's matches are done and dusted and the outcomes were as many would have predicted - victories for both Scotland and Australia - but how will this one swing? 

    France are the overwhelming favourites against a Romanian team which failed to win any of their World Cup matches in 2011. 

    But a lot can happen in four years, improvements can be made, and do we need to whisper the result of Japan against South Africa as an example of this World Cup's potential to surprise? 

  61. Post update

    The Olympic Stadium

    Hello! If you were searching for live commentary of the Great British Bake Off you've come to the wrong place. 

    Something slightly different is cooking in east London. There's potential for hell-raising, there might be soft centres - but hopefully no soggy bottoms.

    Welcome to live commentary of France's rumble with Romania at London's Olympic Stadium. 

  62. Post update

    Tired of rugby? Ennui setting in? Thought not, which is great news because we have another thigh-slappingly good match ahead of us. 

    Paint your faces in glorious colours, wave the flag of your chosen country and let's lose ourselves in live sport. 

    France v Romania