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Rafael Ibanez, manager of France’s XV, is not concerned about the Blues’ status as favorites for the World Cup. (©Icon Sport)

Beyond a victory that marks the souls a little more, The XV of France Will continue his incredible winning streak (11) If successful againstSouth AfricaThe reigning world champion, this Saturday November 12th Marseille. A victory with the aromas of dedication, which will make everyone agree: yes, France is currently the best nation in the world.

In fact, within a year, protégés Fabian Galthy The best countries on the planet may have been brought down one by oneArgentinian Until the arrivalAustraliapassing through All BlacksI’England Grand Slam and A Ireland Equally devastating. Fear now, then the Blues will build a real status and real credibility in the eyes of the rugby world.

Rafael Ibanez: “We leave the status of favorites to other countries”

Less than a year since World Cup 2023 Hosted on home soil, France will appear as one of the favorites for the final crown, a team to beat. But internally, it’s a label we don’t really care about.

“We leave the status of favorites to other countries. For us it’s just words, for us it’s action, that’s what makes us a great team to face,” replied the Blues’ manager. Rafael Ibanez. “The idea of ​​liking is subjective. It’s a word that doesn’t come to mind in our run-up to the World Cup.

The South African press clearly fears the strength of France's XV's pack and the Blues' game ahead of the November 12, 2022 clash in Marseille.
Fabian Galthy wanted France’s XV to defeat all teams ahead of the World Cup. Only one is missing: South Africa. (©Icon Sport)

The last phase of the World Cup goal

The philosophy of the staff and the tricolor group wants to be clear: continue to grow beyond all countries. “We are trying to fulfill our mission, which is to match the best teams in the world. For three years now, we have had this desire in our team and to remain in the top 3 in the world,” said the former international hooker (98 caps).

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If the label of the world’s favorite and best team is not interested, the goal of beating every country in the world is very real for its part. Fabian Galthy’s aim was to beat everyone in preparation for the World Cup when he took over as France’s XV. Currently, only one person is missing:South Africa.

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