April 13, 2024

Annoyed, Galthié calls on O’Keeffe

A scarred Fabien Galthié, clearly still reeling from France’s sad epilogue at the 2023 World Cup, faced the press at the PUC on Wednesday, just over three weeks after the disastrous quarter-final loss to eventual world champions South Africa (28-29). Anxious to rebuild a strong XV with a view to the next round of matches, Les Bleus’ coach neanm.

And as for his personal as…

A scarred Fabien Galthié, clearly still reeling from France’s sad epilogue at the 2023 World Cup, faced the press at the PUC on Wednesday, just over three weeks after the disastrous quarter-final loss to eventual world champions South Africa (28-29). Anxious to rebuild a strong XV with a view to the next round of matches, Les Bleus’ coach neanm.

And as for his personal assessment: First and foremost, it’s an injury and a pain. When you play for the French national team and at a World Cup, you have to be ready to win, but also to go through what you went through. There’s only one team that’s actually done well: the world champions. We’ll be scarred for life, and that’s part of our journey. We’ve all been through a kind of introspection, first personally and then collectively, about what we’ve been through.

World Rugby called upon

Obviously, the shadow of New Zealand referee Ben O’Keeffe, who has weighed too heavily on the confesses the XV de France conductor. We needed answers about the decisions made during the match. I went over the match a dozen times. I have six or seven cameras and a lot of data. I cross-referenced a lot of information.

I worked with a lot of analysts on the match, he stresses, refusing to hide behind refereeing alone. A point is nothing, but a point is everything. When you go into the end zone 11 times… It was twice as many as the target we’d set ourselves. In the last ge coache earlier. We delayed coaching on certain positions, it just seemed like the right time… and we die at one point. Despite the facts of the game and the match scenario, our objective was to play for the win right up to the last action, no matter what.