This is one of the objectives of the XV of France in this autumn tour: to finish the year in first place in the world, occupied a week this summer after the second victory in Japan (15-20, July 9). Second before the reunion against the Brave Blossoms on Sunday (2 p.m.) in Toulouse, the Blues, despite a potential thirteenth consecutive victory, do not have their destiny in their hands to gain a place.
They obviously have to beat the current tenth nation in the world and then hope for two favorable results in two other tests scheduled for Saturday. First condition: a draw or a defeat for Ireland, at the top of the world rankings, Saturday evening (9:00 p.m.) in Dublin against Australia. Second condition: that the New Zealanders do not win by at least sixteen points difference at Twickenham against England (Saturday 6:30 p.m.).
If the Clover XV wins and the All Blacks unfold against the English, Fabien Galthié’s men would even find themselves third in the world rankings on Monday morning, regardless of their margin of victory (if victory there is) against the Japanese.