FACING THE AUDITORS
On 20 October, the XV de France lost 20-19 to Wales in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. If the initial goal set by the president of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte was to go "as far as possible", the Blues have not been able to overcome the quarterfinals. Which gives a world cup "failed" for Serge Blanco, guest of the show "Face aux auditeurs" broadcast Saturday, November 16 at 20h on Europe 1. The former emblematic player of Biarritz Olympique between 1975 and 1992 and the France team has spoken at length about the performance of the Blues in Japan.
Heard on europe1:
We lost that quarterfinal by one point, but we could not have qualified if our Argentinian friend had passed his penalty at the last minute
"I'm no longer a leader and I'm part of the steering committee, I do not think the French team has managed to win the World Cup, for me it's a failure, just like the other cups in the world where France reached the quarter-finals, especially in 2015, when there was a bitter defeat (62-13 defeat to New Zealand), "said Serge Blanco.
Because of his status as vice-world champion 1987 in the blue jersey, Serge Blanco carries a higher requirement towards the XV of France. The former player refers to the elimination of the XV of France in the quarter-finals of the 1991 World Cup: "I had participated in this World Cup and it was a failure."
And it is not only this defeat against the Welsh that makes Serge Blanco say that France missed his World Cup. "Of course, we lost that quarterfinal by one point, but we could not qualify if our Argentinian friend had passed his penalty at the last minute." France could have been eliminated before the quarter-finals. well, we will not do the story again. "
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In terms of play, the France team deserved better
Since dominating is not winning, playing well is not always a guarantee of victory. According to Serge Blanco, the French team "deserved better". "Not necessarily in terms of results but in terms of play." This is where the rub is, they have made good matches, not to mention the game postponed against England.If we played against the English, maybe we would have been weakened for the quarterfinal match. "
The former back is also worried about the future, while France will organize the next Rugby World Cup in 2023. According to him, it is important to "know how the XV of France will play in future years. to use this World Cup to make room for the youth and give the chance to a new group.It must establish a vision of the game that will please everyone, not just us fans but that will please and allow to have a complicity with the Top 14 and Pro D2 clubs. "
Very attached to the blue jersey, Serge Blanco insists on the importance of "reviving training" and pushing "young players to have the sacred fire to have this indestructible desire to play for the blue jersey hit the rooster."