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It's heating up and that's cool with the Les Bleus as France spends its summer training camp on the shores of the Mediterranean sweating it out in the European heat wave.
French Director of Performance, Thibaut Giroud, has the players sweating as they look ahead to the Summer Test Series, and then the Rugby World Cup.
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Giroud said he is changing around the training regimen and what he's asking his players to do, because that will develop skills.
"We arrived with a new way of working," he said in an interview with the French Rugby Federation (translated from the French). "Rugby returns to the center of the discussion."
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What that means is that they are playing more rugby and practicing more rugby situations.
Camille Lopez loves the approach, saying that "as soon as you have the ball [involved] it's more interesting."
Jefferson Poirot agreed, saying that when you're working with a rugby ball in your hands, the intensity rises.
The team is also looking to develop unity, something many said has been lacking in the French approach of late. Giroud said he wants to see camaraderie. He wants the players to working together.
As their chant goes: "XV pour tous!" Or, 15 for all.
And Giroud is helping by driving the players hard.
"The harder it is," said Lopez," the more the group tightens up."
So watch for a unified, and fit, French team this summer. The only country to be to three Rugby World Cup finals and to never have won, they might be thinking a surprise in Japan.