Rugby: the French Fickou aims for the “summit” of the Six Nations with the victory of Scotland

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Paris – France center Gael Fickou has said he is aiming for the “top” of a Six Nations title as he hosts Scotland on Friday (March 26).

Les Bleus need a bonus point victory in Paris to claim their first trophy since 2010 following Saturday’s last-minute 32-30 victory over Wales.

Fickou’s men have faced next week’s visitors twice since Fabien Galthie took over as head coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

They lost at the Six Nations last year before winning the fall Nations Cup in November.

” The maximum? I hope it will be next week, ”said Fickou.

“They’ve been playing well for a few years now. Recently we have struggled against them. It’s going to be difficult because we have to find enough points and earn enough to win the title, ”he added.

The away team will arrive with a full squad after an agreement has been reached between the English clubs and the Six Nations on the release of the players.

The match has been rescheduled from February 26 outside the testing window after a COVID-19 outbreak in the configuration of France.

Scotland captain Stuart Hogg, lock Jonny Gray and the loose striker, who play for Exeter Chiefs, are among those who have benefited from the move.

“We know it will be a tough game. But we will do it step by step. First, we have to win the game, ”said Fickou.

“They have great players. We have to focus on winning and seeing then, ”he added.

“RED CARD SPECIALISTS”

France’s lock Paul Willemse is in doubt for the game after being sent off for making contact with the eye of Welsh mainstay Wyn Jones during the victory at Stade de France.

Galthie said the Montpellier striker was innocent in the incident.

“I don’t think he deserves a heavy penalty. I think he deserves leniency, ”said Galthie.

“When you look at the pictures for me, there is no contact. If there is contact, it is minimal. It is certainly not intentional, ”he added.

Willemse became the third player to be sent off against Wales in this year’s championship.

“You see how the Welsh are red card specialists, and can specialize in opposition red cards. They play their part and Welsh body language, ”said Galthie.

“I don’t see how much Paul Willemse deserves to be sanctioned for this,” he added.

In second row, Romain Taofifenua and half-ball Matthieu Jalibert left the field during the first half, injured.

“Romain has a small sprained knee. Matthieu took a blow to the face. We preferred not to take any risks. They are doing fine, ”said Galthie.

Jalibert de Bordeaux-Begles was hit in the jaw by a stray elbow from Jonathan Davies after half an hour.

” Everything is fine. Thanks for the posts, ”he posted on Instagram.

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