Rugby World Cup 2023: What does New Zealand's huge success against Italy change for France?

Rugby World Cup 2023: What does New Zealand's huge success against Italy change for France?

The All Blacks, expected at the turning point on Friday evening, caused a real correction for the Italians (96-17). But what does this improved success really change for France? All the details.

France, which will face Italy on October 6 in its final group match, was closely monitoring Friday evening's match between Squadra Azzurra and the All Blacks. On the one hand to start analyzing the match of their future opponents, but also because at the end of this announced shock, the Blues could already qualify for the quarter-finals before their last match, should Italy win or draw. . Italy fell short of the feat, and even received a real correction from the New Zealanders in the mission, who were visibly upset by their opening defeat to France.

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This great and improved success therefore prevents France from actually qualifying for the quarter-finals, but it also revives Group A before the final day when the French, New Zealanders and Italians will be on the field. The Blues are at the top with 13 points, ahead of the All Blacks and the Italians by 10 points each. Therefore, the last day will be decisive, and New Zealand, which faces Uruguay on October 5 (9 p.m.), will automatically qualify for the quarter-finals if success improves, which is expected.

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“Final” against Italy

So, if New Zealand succeeds in booking its ticket for the final stage, it will be a 'final' for the second ticket to be played between France and Italy the following day, October 6 (9pm). In the event of a win or draw, the Blues will qualify and take first place in the group and will logically return to South Africa. On the other hand, in case of defeat with a defensive bonus or not, Fabien Galthier's men will be eliminated and Italy will advance to the quarter-finals.

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France was already prepared for this scenario. Toulouse full-back Melvin Jaminet confirmed, on Thursday, in a press conference: “From now on, we will attack the play-off matches. The team is calm and working well.”

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