The France crew falls to Denmark within the quarter-finals of the World Wheelchair Rugby Championship
Haloed by a primary title of European champions final February, the Blues approached the World Cup with the ambition of profitable a primary medal at this degree. However after a flawless run within the group stage, they misplaced on Friday to Denmark, the host nation of the competitors, after a hard-fought extension (55-53).
“We’re very disenchanted, we began the sport nicely, however we could not rotate sufficient, so we lacked readability on the finish of the sport”commented the crew supervisor of the Blues William Ybert. “It’s unhappy, unlucky and irritating in comparison with all of the efforts that we’ve madeadded captain Jonathan Hivernat simply after the sport. It was powerful bodily, we snatched additional time after which we weren’t as much as it. We do not wish to search for excuses however we’ve very restricted means in comparison with different nations. We ready for the occasion by doing a coaching camp and a match, when the opposite nations did simply that. A crew like Denmark at 8 to 10 occasions our funds (150,000 euros for wheelchair rugby in France), it’s difficult. »
The France crew hoped to be connected to the French Rugby Federation just a few months in the past, nevertheless it didn’t come to fruition.
A fifth place to go
Earlier than this assembly, the Blues, and their new coach Bob Vanacker had gained their 5 group matches, in opposition to New Zealand (60-42), Switzerland (58-34), the USA (48-49) , Nice Britain (55-54) and Germany (60-46). “The crew nonetheless has a whole lot of work to do, however we see that regardless of the situations, we handle to do nice issues and that is reasonably encouraging”optimistic Hivernat, admitting all the identical that this defeat will mark him deeply.
France nonetheless have two matches to play to hope, as in 2018, to complete in fifth place. Then will come the time to plan for the World Cup in 2023, then the Paralympic Video games in Paris in 2024. “And there, we’ll do every thing for the gold”Ybert guarantees.
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