World Cup: against Fiji, the Blue want to prepare for their quarter-final

A first

If there have already been ten France-Fiji in the history of men’s rugby, including four in the World Cup (1987, 1991, 1999, 2003), Les Bleues will face their Pacific counterparts for the very first time this Saturday. “It’s a team that really sweats rugby, fun, they really play with passion and they dare to do things without being locked into a typical pattern of play.analyzes the captain of the Blue, Gaëlle Hermet. They are always smiling, they are just having fun. It promises to be a great rugby match. I know that we will put the same commitment there as last week against England. »

10 to the power of 5

Jessy Trémoulière will play his first minutes at this World Cup and it will be as the opening half. For his 72nd selection, the usual rear will wear number 10 only for the fifth time in his international career. But it is in this position that coach Thomas Darracq prefers to use the Romagnat player. “I think she has rugby qualities to be able to express herself in this positionhe justified. I expect her to bring all her experience to manage a match, especially at the start of the match which can be high tension. Jessy knows the game plan and it’s up to her now to show that she deserves more playing time.”

Jessy Trémoulière in training with the Bleues, at the end of September. (A. Réau/The Team)

The second place

In the event of a bonus victory, the French team had to finish at least the best second in the pool, with 11 points in the Group C standings, behind England. This result would allow her to avoid in the quarter-finals big competitors such as the Red Roses, who beat her last Saturday (7-13), New Zealand or, to a lesser extent, Canada. Qualified as the fourth team (the best second), the Blues would find the fifth (the second best second). A place that should be played between Australia and Wales in Pool A, or Italy and the United States in Pool B.

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