Pauline Bourdon, scrum half for the France team: “We saved our World Cup”

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Pauline Bourdon, scrum half for the France team: “We saved our World Cup”

Pauline Bourdon (scrum half of Les Bleues, Canada won 36-0) : “We were keen to redeem ourselves after the semi-final against the New Zealanders. Inevitably, we put a lot of heart, as we have always done. And we especially wanted to pay tribute to the girls who are going to stop, it was an additional motivation for us.

There is a lot of relief. This World Cup was really difficult, we shit. We were able to find our group, our DNA, which had worked for years. It’s nice, we had the click against England in chicken (loss 7-13). We bonded between us, we took over the group. It shows that we can do great things and it augurs great things for the next deadlines. When we started the competition, we did not expect to come to this. We saved our World Cup. I think everyone will learn from their mistakes, the staff as well as the players. And we are going to start again to try to make the Grand Slam in April.

I finally found myself. I think I was restrained at the start of the competition. I found myself offensively and that makes me happy. This bodes well for the upcoming Tournament. I found my natural ardor, even if defensively I am happy with my World Cup. This player of the match title (against Canada) is a plus for my confidence. »

Céline Ferer (second line of the Blue) : “I had a lot of fun playing. We knew how to let go fully on the pitch and take advantage of every moment, in the locker room, with looks, the last warm-up, the last strap. I knew that everything I was doing was for the last time. I told myself to savor, I shouldn’t lower my head. I only had happiness in my eyes.

Frankly, I would never have thought that this World Cup would be so apotheosis for me, with so much playing time. I simply took it. I enjoyed every game. If it had happened otherwise, I would have been the same because the important thing is the collective. I am happy to have been able to bring my experience to the group. I really enjoyed sharing with them, that’s for sure.

After the defeat against the Black Ferns, it was complicated, especially the two days that followed, we had to get our heads out of the water and tell ourselves that we absolutely had to return with a medal around our necks in France. It’s not what we had hoped for but it’s still a medal. Knowing that we had a complicated year, it’s a good end for us. »

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