France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023

France Rugby team is currently second in the World Rugby rankings, just behind Ireland, following the results of the Autumn Nations Cup and off the back of their Six Nations, Grand Slam win.

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France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023
France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023

RWC 2023: Autumn Nations Cup

France Rugby team finished the Northern versus South Hemisphere tournament with 3 wins, 1 against an unpowered Japan side, 1 against a very modest although somewhat underpowered Wallabies side and an enormously imposing win against the present Rugby World Cup Holders South Africa. The Springbok game was a huge clang of rugby leaders, with a red card for each side levelling the game, nonetheless, the France Rugby team found a way to sneak a win contempt being down to 13 men in the final minutes.

After placing Japan with ease 35-17, the France Rugby side finished off their 2022 international calendar with 10 wins out of 10 which sees them heading into the new year with the form on their side. Les Blues’ undefeated performance was even more stimulating because they were missing their talismanic scrum half, Antoine Dupont, throughout the Autumn Nations Cup.

France Rugby team will be incoming into that tournament as favourites because of last year’s title win, as they face their main test with the Irish at Aviva Stadium in Round 2 on 11th February 2023 at 2:15 pm, with the winner likely to lift the title.

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France Rugby team is in Pool A which has the enormous ever-present threat of the New Zealand Rugby team, who they will be opening the tournament with on the 8th of September. This game will likely choose who will finish the pool as top seeds, an enormously significant marker for both sides’ tournament drives. Pool A also contains Italy, who have presented, with an Autumn Nations win over Australia, that they can cause distress if given half a chance. Uruguay and Namibia are in there too nonetheless will be little hostility to the French.

France Rugby side will be likely to get out of that Pool, and their sowing will depend on their game against the All Blacks to kick off the Rugby World Cup 2023. If they win their first game, they will top the group and face second in Pool B, possibly Ireland or South Africa, unless Scotland can force distress. That would set up a very competitive Quarter-final, with no easy matches outside of the groups.

France Rugby side has huge prospects as the RWC 2023 draws closer, as the bookie’s front runners, they have presented their world-class pedigree in the last year to beat most of the world’s best. If France can peak at the right time, we could be looking at their first-ever Rugby World Cup title in their backyard.

France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023
France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023

How the France Rugby World Cup will play out?

Wales Rugby side has a difficult Rugby World Cup group but can go deep into the rivalry if they get out of it. RWC 2023 is nearly upon us and the big rugby focus of the year will, of course, be the Rugby World Cup. All the sides are now known, the fixtures are set and Warren Gatland is back to lead the Wales Rugby side to a fourth global tournament RWC 2023. So, what chance does the Kiwi have of repeating and bettering previous successes that saw semi-final finishes in 2011 and 2019, as well as a quarter-final in 2015?

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Recent form and the bookmakers’ odds suggest Wales are up in contradiction of it, but the odd nature of the draw this time around gives Gatland a very truthful view of going deep into the rivalry once again. Indeed, while the top four ranked sides Ireland, France, New Zealand and South Africa seem miles ahead of the rest based on recitals, results and rankings points in 2022, two of them simply cannot make the final four of the rivalry.

Wales Rugby side, on the other hand, can credibly reach the semi-finals without facing any of the current top five sides. Make no mistake, though, Wales is in a tough pool and just getting out of that will be no easy task.

Who does the Wales Rugby side play at the Rugby World Cup 2023?

We now know that Wales’ Rugby World Cup Pool C opponents will be Australia, Fiji, Georgia and Portugal. First up is Fiji on Sunday, September 10 – a team that with proper preparation is capable of troubling any side in the world. Then it is Portugal on Saturday, September 16, Australia eight days later and finally Georgia on October 7.

Wales rugby side, who are ranked ninth in the world at the close of 2022, should have sufficient to finish in the top two and test to win the group, but it’s littered with banana skins, as showed by the recent historic first overthrow to the Georgians in Cardiff.

France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023
France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023

Who plays who in the France Rugby World Cup quarter-finals?

This is where things get stimulating due to the controversial nature of the draw this time. The pools were strained way back in December 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, World Rugby the seedings would be based on how the world rankings observed at the start of that year when Wales were still regnant Six Nations Grand Slam champions and ranked 4th. It meant they were among the top seeds for the draw.

Ireland and France, temporarily, who conquered the 2022 Six Nations and are graded one and two in the world, were both only second seeds. That means we have a state where New Zealand and France Rugby sides are in the same Pool (A) and Ireland and South Africa are also grouped in Pool B. What’s more, at the quarter-final stage, the winners of pool A face the runners-up of pool B and vice-versa – meaning that a maximum of two of the four best sides can reach the semi-finals.

As for Wales Rugby side, their Pool is tied to Pool D, which contains England Rugby ranked fifth, Argentina 8th and Japan 10th. It’s hard to judge how that group will go, but the England Rugby side is favourites to top it, trailed by Argentina in second.

It means if Wales Rugby side were to win their pool, they could well play Argentina in the quarter-finals, a problematic game but one which presents a real chance of once again reaching the semi-finals. There is also the very real view of a Wales v England quarter-final.

How is the Rugby World Cup expected to play out?

France’s Rugby side is reasonably the favourite on home soil (5/2), followed by New Zealand (3/1). Defending champions South Africa are next at 9/2, with Ireland presently only fourth with the bookie’s contempt of their world number one status. That is perhaps due to their poor Rugby World Cup record which has seen them never progress outside the quarter-finals stage. England Rugby side and Australia are next, with Wales presently the seventh favourites to lift the trophy at 25/1.

The France Rugby World Cup 2023 pools in full

France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023
France Rugby World Cup chances in RWC 2023

Pool A: New Zealand Rugby World Cup Team, France Rugby World Cup Team, Italy Rugby World Cup Team, Uruguay Rugby World Cup Team, Namibia Rugby World Cup Team

Pool B: South Africa Rugby World Cup Team, Ireland Rugby World Cup Team, Scotland Rugby World Cup Team, Tonga Rugby World Cup Team, Romania Rugby World Cup Team

Pool C: Wales Rugby World Cup Team, Australia Rugby World Cup Team, Fiji Rugby World Cup Team, Georgia Rugby World Cup Team, Portugal Rugby World Cup Team

Pool D: England Rugby World Cup Team, Japan Rugby World Cup Team, Argentina Rugby World Cup Team, Samoa Rugby World Cup Team, Chile Rugby World Cup Team

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