Rugby-France coach says goal achieved after beating Japan

France achieved their goal in winning their two-Test series against Japan by providing Test experience for several of their fringe players, coach Fabien Galthie said after the narrow 20-15 second win in Tokyo. France left many of their regulars, including World Player of the Year Antoine Dupont, at home for both matches in Japan, and in both Tests had to fight their way to secure victory.

“The objective with this team was to win the matches that we had on the program and that we played. That was the important thing for us, the staff. If we take young players on tour with a eye on development, you had to succeed in getting them to that level of performance and that’s why the goal was achieved,” Galthie told reporters after the game. France won the first Test in Aichi 42-23 but only after a strong second-half performance, while Saturday’s second Test saw the tourists snatch victory around 10 minutes from time and hold on, hopefully as Japan knocked down a chance to win. near the end

“It was a very tough game as everyone could see, with a comeback after halftime where we were trailing by eight points,” Galthie said. “It was also the first time this season that we hung out before the break and conceded a try just before half-time.

“We have a young team and it was interesting to see how they would react. And then in the second half they reacted and scored. There were a lot of positive things in the second half that helped us win this game.” France will host next year’s World Cup and are now looking forward to testing in November at home to Australia on November 5, world champions South Africa in Marseille on November 12 and Japan in Toulouse. .

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