After its sluggish victory against Uruguay, the French XV has little time to “rectify” things in preparation for its third match of the 2023 World Cup against Namibia, Karim Ghezal, the coach of the Blues in charge of the conquest. The match against Namibia, Thursday in Marseille, will be “important” and “we expect, as against Uruguay (27-12) which was remarkable, to see as much intention” from the Namibians, explained Ghezal during a video conference. The Blues, even by fielding an additional team, remain the overwhelming favorites against the 21st nation in the world, which has not won a match in its six previous participations in the World Cup and was corrected by Italy (52-8) for its entry into the running in France.
Asked about the fact that the XV of France, author of three tries, had failed to win the offensive bonus point against Uruguay, Karim Ghezal preferred to remember the “two victories” rather than “to talk about Italy”, the last meeting of the first round which will be decisive for obtaining first place, on October 6 in Lyon. “Before that, we want to offer a quality match to our supporters in Marseille,” Thursday at the Vélodrome stadium, he concluded.