France Gets World Cup Journey Underway

Head coach Jacques Brunel has announced his side for Saturday's clash with Scotland as the two sides begin their quests to the Webb Ellis Cup this autumn in Japan. 

If there's anything we all know about French rugby, it's that it's always a roller coaster ride. Just in this last Six Nations, the same side that handled Scotland with no problems botched a 16-0 second half lead at home to Wales. 

Brunel would like to see his side demonstrate this weekend that they've rounded that corner, ""I expect from this match that it validates the work done in preparation. I hope this has borne fruit. I want that over time we have corrected our defects late in the game. We want to feel an osmosis in this team." (Translated from French)

There is no shortage of talent in the French side either. Scrumhalf Antoine Dupont, center Wesley Fofana, and wing Alvareti Raka are all sensational talents that can light up any test match. They'll be looking to do so this weekend when they face Scotland in the first of their three Summer Test matches. 

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August 17

August 24

Scotland vs France

August 30

France vs Italy

Brunel has ensured that his players stay match fit by putting them through a strenuous training regimen ahead of the Summer Test Series

"During our last games we saw our deficiencies at the end of matches, in defense and in our kicking game. These are the benchmarks we have worked on," he added. 

The French hope they can bring their typically strong World Cup form to Japan for the 2019 edition, and it would be unwise to count them out just yet. France has been down lately, which tells that an "up" must surely be on the horizon. 

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