France edged a tight, low-scoring affair after Wales had Sam Warburton sent off in the first half, before ultimately losing to New Zealand in the final. Rugby World Cup All the Favorites Ranked and Format Explained Read more It was Les Bleus' fourth consecutive win over Wales and their seventh in eight games at the time, but it also proved to be the end of a period of French dominance in this particular contest.
Since the semifinal, France has won just one of the following eight meetings against Wales—and there is little to suggest the losing streak will be snapped on Sunday. France, as always, is a riddle impossible to decipher. Les Bleus can go from resembling a rabble to play like world-beaters within the same game, let alone over the course of a tournament.
Against both Argentina and Tonga, France squandered point leads before eventually getting over the line, but was far more comfortable in a win over the U.
France's biggest test would have come against England in its final game of Pool C, but with both teams already qualified for the quarterfinals the game was canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis. While Les Bleus are yet to taste defeat, it will be intriguing to see whether a two-week layoff has had a positive impact or whether it has left them off the boil.
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Additionally, reports of division within the camp—a de rigueur element as far as World Cup campaigns go for France—hardly represent ideal preparation for a World Cup quarterfinal. France scrum-half Baptiste Serin, however, suggested the feeling in the ranks was upbeat and almost buoyant.
We want to find a way of getting to the semis. Wales survived a bruising encounter against Australia and was pushed all the way by Fiji, but eventually secured first spot in Pool D—the first time it has qualified as pool winner since Wales arrives into the game with the gravitas of being ranked No.
In this year's Six Nations, Wales trailed in Paris in the opening game of the tournament, before storming back to win Gatland will step down at the end of the tournament after 12 years in the role and his players are desperate to ensure the New Zealander bows out on a high.
Along with George North, the duo returned to full training on Tuesday, while Hadleigh Parkes, Gareth Davies and Josh Adams were among the players to sit out the session to recover from minor bruises.
France, meanwhile, could be without scrum-half Antoine Dupont, who is nursing a back problem.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Sunday. When and where is the game?
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Series record Sunday will be the 98th meeting between the two teams. Wales has won in 50 occasions, while France has come out on top on 44 occasions. Wales has won the last two meetings and seven of the last eight, but France won the only meeting at the World Cup, edging a tight semifinal in