7 Nov 2018
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FRANCE 24 IRELAND 10 - Report
Cologini announced plans for an ambitious tour of the South Pacific.
After the country that invented the World Cup qualified for England 2021, France coach Aurelien Cologini announced plans for an ambitious tour of the South Pacific.
Les Chanticleers, who hosted the first Coup de Monde in 1954 and are one of only three teams to have competed in every one since, kept that perfect record intact with a 24-10 win over a plucky Irish side at Dublin’s Morton Stadium.
Cologni said he would now rest some players from the final game of the European Championships against Scotland on Saturday night and laid out his plans for the next three years.
It’s good to be back in the World Cup - it was our priority,” he said. “We missed out on (automatic) qualification against Lebanon and it was a bit frustrating after that. We are missing a lot of players but we worked hard on achieving the spirit to reach our objective.”
Cologni’s appointment already takes in England 2021 and he wants his team better prepared for the tournament than it was in 2017.
“We want players with experience and that’s why we have put together a team like England Knights. It’s like France A. We played in Serbia and we would like to play next year the England Knights and to lift the level year after year.
“Why not to make a tour in the Pacific just before the World Cup. I am speaking with the world body at the moment to organise that. That’s the project, to play tough games before the World Cup.”
Although the tricolours led 18-0 at halftime, at one stage during the first session they were camped on the Irish line for 10 minutes but were unable to score.
And far from wilt in the second half, the Wolfhounds showed even more cheek with two touchdowns including a high-flying effort from Bradford winger Ethan Ryan, man of the match Alrix De Costa opening and closing the scoring for the visitors.
Wales and Ireland will now play off for the 10th spot in the men’s World Cup at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on Sunday.
Wolfhounds assistant coach Ged Corcoran commented:
“We’re immensely proud of them. It’s an Irish trait, an attitude thing: we’re proud, we don’t concede, we’re not soft. We dig in right to the end. They had seven sets more than us in the first half and I think that took the toll in the end,”
“Next week, we will give a chance for new players like Gavin Marguerite who is 21 years old. Jason Baitieri won’t play next weekend, Tony Gigot won’t play. They need a rest. They’ve done a job for us. I’m happy with that. I want to thank them because it was very important for us to win this tournament.”