France Team Preview
France come into BT WWRC15 off the back of a disappointing European Championships campaign in Finland. A 5th place overall finish saw their World ranking drop to 10th and with a BT WWRC15 pool that features Paralympic champions and World number one Australia, 4th ranked Japan and new European champions Great Britain (ranked 5th) they have a tough challenge ahead.
But things might have been so different. In Finland, France pushed GB right to the final seconds and were only beaten by one point, but beaten they were and a defeat to eventual Silver medalists Sweden saw them miss the knockout stages. Strong wins against Belgium 54-45 and Ireland 63-54 were not enough to rescue their tournament and they will be coming into BT WWRC15 with something to prove and will be desperate to improve their World Ranking to give themselves a shot at qualification for Rio 2016.
France's involvement in the sport began in 2007 when France hosted the Rugby World Cup and a Wheelchair Rugby team was formed, so to be sat at 10th in the World in 2015 and with a Paralympic campaign in 2012 under their belts France can be very happy with their journey so far, having leapt forward 10 places in world rankings over the last 5 years.
Coached by all round rugby fanatic Olivier Cusin the team is built around the dynamism of 3 pointer Ryadh Sallem who dominates their offensive play and will be relied upon to provide a large quantity of their tries, he is sure to be heavily marked throughout the tournament and their success may well hinge on their ability to provide varied attacking options.
Number 9 - the proverbial lynch pin number of any team - Ryadh Sallem
France have one of the smallest squads in BT WWRC15 with 8 players drawn from 4 clubs confirmed, but there is an interesting mix of experienced London 2012 players and new additions that they will hope will bring them success and they will be hoping that their supporters will have made the journey across the channel to support them in their quest.
Rodolphe Jardin (5) in the 5th place win over Ireland at the recent European Champs
Olivier Cusin - Coach
Adrien Chalmin - 0.5
Pablo Neuman - 1.0
Cedric Nankin - 1.5
Sebastien Lhuissier - 2.0
Nicolas Rioux - 2.0
Rodolphe Jarlan - 2.5
Jonathan Hivernat - 3.0
Ryadh Sallem - 3.0
France begin their campaign with an opening night match against Great Britain and will be aiming to change their latest result by a couple of points and then provide their fans with a chance to see them twice in one session on Wednesday.
Oct 12 - v Great Britain 1945 - Tickets
Oct 14 - v Australia 1000 & v Japan 1400 - Tickets