XV of France. Gael Fico: “Before the World Cup, you have to be number one in the world ranking”

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Gael Ficou wants to continue France’s XV series wins and climb to world number one ahead of the World Cup. (©Icon Sport)

10 months are near and far. For French supporters, The World Cup 2023, is tomorrow. Excitement builds. The passion behind the blues continues to rise. Many are looking forward to the Webb Ellis Trophy, hoping to see a captain lift it for the first time. XV of France.

For the Habs, on the other hand, it’s still a long way off. There are several deadlines before the All Blacks challenge this evening on September 8 to open the 2023 World Cup. Anyway, here’s the players’ speech before the tour kicks off this November. Lyons second-row Kilian Gerassi told us last week: “To think too much about the World Cup would be negative”.

France’s XV is on course to break the unbeaten record

In a press conference on Tuesday, November 1, Sekou McCullough, third row in Paris, insisted: “We must not skip steps. There are still three games to go, the 6 Nations tournament and a very long 14 season. Words confirmed by the vice-captain and center of France’s XV Gail Fico, he added: “Three matches in this November tour are very important to continue writing our history and string together victories. Before the World Cup, he should be unbeaten and be number one in the world ranking”.

Staying undefeated will allow you to continue 10 game winning streak Launched against Argentina in November 2021. But above all, the Blues will look to extend their unbeaten record in the event of a win against the Wallabies, the last time France suffered defeat. Furthermore, Ficou warns: “Since 2005, we have won only 3 matches against Australia. They are dearer than us. “

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Another challenge: the world rugby rankings. France is second in the world with 89.41 points behind Ireland with 90.03 points. This weekend, the Irish host South Africa, ranked third in the world. France-Springboks clash last week to determine top spot in the standings, subject to this weekend’s conditions.

All teams can be beaten before the World Cup

To summarize the challenges of this tour, specifically 1Time With a place in the World Rugby Rankings, Gail Fickou resolutely confirms: “We want to take it all. We’re not far, but we’re not there either. We try to take advantage of every opportunity. Our aim is to win the next three games without losing humility. We’re going to play against the world champions, a major world rugby team and Japan, who had a great game against New Zealand.

Compared to the World Cup, the Racing 92 player, who has 71 selections with the France team, underlines: “You have to know how to win everyone. If we manage to beat the whole world, we won’t be far from favourites. But it’s important to say in our heads that if we get to the World Cup, we can beat everyone.

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