A victory for Fabien Galthié’s Blues
“France is a rugby-loving country,” declared the President of the Republic during the draw. “We will offer the world this French-style art of living. We have been in the final every twelve years, and fittingly, it will be twelve years in 2023. This time, we must win: get on it!” Because the French side has never won the World Cup. The Blues have lost twice in the quarter-finals, in 2015 (62-13 against the All Blacks) and 2019 (20-19 against the Welsh), not to mention losing in the final in 2011 (8-7 against the All Blacks). New Zealand, who they have not beaten since 2009, will be who they tackle in the opening round. However, Fabien Galthié’s young team led by Charles Ollivon, the Basque from Rugby Club Toulonnais, has every chance. In the space of a year and a half, these Blues have risen from 7th to 3rd in the World Rugby rankings!