- The All Blacks’ forwards coach, Jason Ryan, addresses the pressure on the French team ahead of the World Cup match.
- The New Zealand side aims to utilize the home team’s pressure to their advantage.
- All Blacks are preparing for a tough challenge from French forwards, particularly concerning lineouts.
- Controversy arises around France’s call-up of Bastien Chalureau, with World Rugby officials emphasizing their stance against racism.
In the run-up to the All Blacks’ World Cup opener against France in the Rugby World Cup, forward coach Jason Ryan highlighted the immense pressure on the home team and how it could play to the visitors’ advantage. The comments were made during a media interaction in Lyon where the All Blacks reviewed their recent defeat to the Springboks.
Ryan drew attention to the stress of playing at home, stating that the All Blacks might benefit from the underdog status in the forthcoming test in Paris. He noted,
“When you are the home nation, the pressure is massive.”
With the French being widely regarded as the favorites to clinch the Webb Ellis Cup, Ryan’s remarks suggest that the New Zealand side will utilize this external pressure on France to their advantage.
Against their recent loss to the Springboks in London, the All Blacks are expected to be significantly challenged by the French forwards. Ryan mentioned France’s notable prowess with lineouts and their anticipated attempts to replicate the Springboks’ success.
However, the All Blacks are preparing to meet the challenges head-on. The team aims to feed off the passionate French crowd’s energy, transform the pressure into motivation, and stand resilient in a charged atmosphere.
In another update, controversy surrounds France’s call-up of Bastien Chalureau, convicted in 2020, which was sparked after Thomas Portes, the deputy leader of La France Insoumise, and former France captain Thierry Dusotoir raised questions about his inclusion. World Rugby officials emphasized zero tolerance for racism, urging respect for the ongoing legal process.