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VIDEO SHOWS: FRANCE RUGBY SQUAD TRAINING AHEAD OF SIX NATIONS MATCH AGAINST IRELAND / SOUNDBITES FROM FRANCE RUGBY TEAM CAPTAIN CHARLES OLLIVON
SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 30, 2020) (FFR - MUST COURTESY @FranceRugby)
1. FRANCE RUGBY SQUAD WALKING ONTO PITCH AHEAD OF TEAM TRAINING SESSION
2. SQUAD SITTING ON CHAIRS LACING UP THEIR CLEATS
3. MORE OF SQUAD SUITING UP FOR TRAINING SESSION
4. FRANCE COACH, FABIEN GALTHIE (GLASSES), ON PITCH
5. FRANCE RUGBY TEAM CAPTAIN, CHARLES OLLIVON, SUITING UP FOR TRAINING SESSION
6. OLLIVON WARMING UP AND THROWING BALL
7. PLAYERS STRETCHING
8. OLLIVON SCRIMMAGING WITH TEAM MATES
9. FRANCE SCRUM HALF, ARTHUR RETIERE, CATCHING A BALL AND THEN KICKING IT
10. VARIOUS OF SQUAD DURING SCRIMMAGE
11. OLLIVON DURING SCRIMMAGE
12. SQUAD HUDDLED ON PITCH
13. SQUAD DOING TACKLING DRILL, RETIERE
14. VARIOUS MORE OF TEAM TRAINING SESSION
15. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE RUGBY TEAM CAPTAIN, CHARLES OLLIVON, SAYING:
"Well, an empty stadium, the lack of spectators, all this we saw last week, so now we know what to expect tomorrow regarding this. It doesn't really change the way we do things. We're here to finish the tournament. We've been waiting for this for several months. We've been preparing for it. We worked on this from the start of the season and now it's time to go for it. So, we're not worried with questions. We just need to show a great performance this weekend. We shouldn't pay attention to that side of things."
16. WHITE FLASH
17. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE RUGBY TEAM CAPTAIN, CHARLES OLLIVON, SAYING:
"Well, it's certain that when the match kicks-off we'll have the result of the last match in mind, but it doesn't change our preparation. We're here to win the match and win the competition. We need to keep cool until tomorrow because the excitement of that result will come anyway. So, I think we should remain calm and composed and prepare this match without wasting our time on other things because we'll need all of our energy for a good result."
STORY: France are hoping all the pieces will fall into place and they will walk away from this weekend with a win of Ireland and their first Six Nations championship since 2010.
France hit the training pitch on Friday (October 30) and team captain Charles Ollivon said they are focused on the task at hand as they prepare to host Ireland in Paris on Saturday (October 31).
France are level on 13 points with England and would win it if they beat Ireland with a bonus point and England fail to get a bonus point in Rome.
England are two points better off in the points difference stakes, so should they and France both win with a bonus point, or both win without one, France would have to better England's result by three points. Two would be enough should they maintain their advantage in the final tie-breaker of tries scored, where they have 13 to England's nine.
France have quite often run wild against Ireland in Paris, scoring four or more tries eight times in the last 32 years, though the last time they managed it was in 2008.
Meanwhile, if Ireland manage to win and get a bonus point, they would secure the title themselves.
Ireland have won two of their last three visits to Paris, both by two points, having managed only one win there before that in the previous 40 years.
(Production: Kurt Michael Hall)