France coach says “disappointing” Six Nations won’t impact World Cup | Daily News

France coach says “disappointing” Six Nations won’t impact World Cup

ROME, Saturday - Coach Jacques Brunel insisted on Saturday that France’s disappointing Six Nations campaign would have no impact on their World Cup in six months time.

The French claimed their second win of the tournament against a weakened Italy (25-14) after beating Scotland (27-10) earlier in the campaign.

“This tournament was a disappointment,” said Brunel after his fifth success in 16 matches since taking over as France coach at the end of 2017.

The Italians have not won a Six Nations match since February 2015, a run of 22 consecutive defeats.

And they put the French under pressure until the final minute, highlighting both team’s shortcomings six months before the World Cup in Japan from September 20 to November 2.

France benefited from Italy’s errors with Tommaso Allan missing five points from a conversion and a penalty.

Tito Tebaldi scored in the 54th minute and, when a converted try would have put Italy in front late on, Marco Zanon lost the ball when over the tryline.

Damian Penaud then sealed France’s win by going over in the 78th minute.

But Penaud and his teammates are far behind the top European and southern hemisphere nations - the Welsh came back to win 24-19 despite the French being 16 points clear at the break, England thrashed them 44-8 and they were overrun by Ireland (26-14). - AFP 


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