REACTIONS. France-Japan in Toulouse: “We realize that the challenge is enormous”, Fabien Galthié projects himself on the World Cup
The XV of France won this Sunday afternoon against Japan (35-17) and ends their 2022 season in style. After the meeting, the coach of the XV of France took stock of this autumn tour and implicitly mentioned the 2023 World Cup in France.
Charles Ollivon, captain of the XV of France (at the microphone of France 2): “Everything has not been perfect, we have seen it but we have signed our third victory in three games. We are continuing the series and gaining confidence. It’s a great way to prepare for the tournament (Six Nations, editor’s note). It’s incredible, I’m really happy with this start to the season and to be back with my friends in the France team, with two great victories.”
Julien Marchand, hooker of the XV of France (at the microphone of France 2): “I’m very happy (about being elected man of the match, editor’s note). I’m happy to be rewarded even if it’s teamwork. There are plenty things to review, but we managed to hold on because we could also have lost this afternoon. But we managed to hold on and not let go until the end. It was complicated, he still deserves congratulations this Japanese team, which plays very quickly. They (the Japanese, editor’s note) caught us on mistakes, we will have to come back even better for the Six Nations tournament otherwise it will be even more complicated. ‘ we win, we will always be happy.”
Fabien Galthié, coach of the XV of France (at the microphone of France 2): “We always want to do better but it was not an easy match. We still won fairly well. It was the third match in a not easy series, after Australia and South Africa. These are matches that require a lot of intensity in the preparation and energy in the recovery. It was interesting for us and for the players to touch the finger while thinking about the future: what is What is a final phase with nations of the southern hemisphere opposite? We realize that the challenge is enormous. The important thing is to have the feeling of progressing individually and collectively.