Rugby News, Wallabies wrap up their 2023 World Cup preparations without a win following a French masterclass display 41-17 over at Stade De France in Paris

by Sports Benches

Earlier today, the Wallabies had one last hit out on the field v France as part of the World Cup warm-up preparations at Stade De France in Paris, which is going to be the centrepiece over the next month or two. They might have replied not long after France’s opening TRY earlier on, but couldn’t find way to move ahead of the host nation going into the break 16-5. Yes, they managed to score another two tries here & there but it still wasn’t good enough unfortunately while France continued to shine through the end 41-17.

Now the eyes are on the 2023 Rugby World Cup where the Wallabies will begin their campaign v Georgia on Sunday 10th September at 2am AEST followed by Fiji, Wales & Portugal over the next few weeks during the Pool C group stage match-ups.

The standout winger out there on the field goes to Damian Penaud who plays on the right wing for France at No.14. He has exceptional pace to burn all across the pitch as well as being able to catch/jump from up high including that little chipped kick where two tries were made all by himself there – how good! Next up is fellow French star Antoine Dupont down at half-back in the No.9 shirt. He too has helped them get the ball rolling while controlling the ball well thanks to that short ball TRY assist, then Antoine produced another one off the back from the cross kick towards Penaud’s first TRY earlier in the 2nd half before he deserved an early mark to the bench. Both players will be looking to justify their country’s exceptional squad ahead of the home World Cup soon.

And Fraser McReight wasn’t bad on the Wallabies blindside back row at No.7 where he put his body on the line that led to some ball opportunities being handed his way including the early 2nd half TRY from himself. Sadly, ill-discipline has really held them back time & time again before it was too late with still no win this year. Yes, I know they got Georgia to start & Portugal to finish Pool C but then Fiji & maybe Wales won’t be easy ones I’m afraid.

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