No crew has ever received the Rugby World Cup after dropping a gaggle sport — but when it means avoiding the double world champion, is it a danger value taking?
“It is at all times particular towards the English. It is nonetheless ‘Le Crunch.’ Past that, this match ought to permit us to reassure ourselves, to place our sport in place and to search out benchmarks forward of the quarterfinal. Win or lose, it should elevate some points for what follows. However we’re not occupied with that simply but.
“England are at present two or three ranges above us. Now we have to do all we are able to to place our sport in place, do some good issues and construct confidence forward of the quarterfinal. Now we have no desire over who we play subsequent, there is no such thing as a selection. We’re not going to throw the match. We’re in an vital competitors. We are going to dig deep to win.”
Throughout soccer’s World Cup in Russia final 12 months, England and Belgium discovered themselves in an analogous place throughout the group levels of the event.
England misplaced 1-Zero and completed second in its group, occurring to play and beat Colombia and Sweden earlier than dropping to Croatia within the semifinals. It was the primary time England had reached the World Cup semifinals in 28 years
In the meantime Belgium beat Japan and Brazil to succeed in the semfinals the place Roberto Martinez’s facet was crushed by eventual winner France.
At Japan 2019, the All Blacks are massive favorites to win an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup and laid down an enormous assertion of intent in its opening match by defeating the much-fancied South Africa.
And whereas there have been some setbacks for New Zealand earlier than the event, together with a 47-26 defeat by Australia, few consultants are tipping anybody else to triumph.
On the earlier event England confronted New Zealand — at Twickenham in November 2018 — it gave up a 15 level lead earlier than dropping 16-15. The truth is, England has misplaced its previous six towards the All Blacks with its final victory coming in December 2012.
France has misplaced its previous 14 video games towards New Zealand with its most up-to-date success coming in June 2009, two years after it had shocked the All Blacks on the 2007 World Cup.
However it has additionally struggled towards Wales, dropping six of its previous seven conferences with the Six Nations champion.
“Wales or Australia, it will not change a factor, they’re each higher than us,” Medard added.
“Now we have to do the whole lot we are able to to make an impression on the sport. They’re extra constant than we’re. Now we have received, with somewhat problem, however we received and that is what’s vital.
“However there are numerous groups at present who present extra consistency than we do. However in any match, in any competitors, we’re able to taking part in effectively sufficient to win.”
England has received all three of its pool video games to this point in regular if not spectacular model, scoring a bonus level in every.
Usually, France would symbolize a far sterner check although the permutations surrounding the quarterfinal make this contest quite harder to foretell.
For now, England is concentrating on one factor and one factor solely — profitable.
“We need to play effectively in each sport, carry out in each sport and get outcomes,” England’s Joe Launchbury advised a information convention Tuesday.
“We’re determined to complete this pool stage off in the suitable means and we really feel we have been constructing by the previous couple of performances.”