France have set out to prepare for the Springboks a week on Sunday after shredding Italy in their final pool match to top Pool A.
Paying little mind to possible permutations that could see them face any one of South Africa, Ireland or Scotland, Fabien Galthie’s side have fixed their focus on the Springboks.
France relishing prospect of ‘World Cup final’
The last meeting between the two sides was a contentious narrow defeat for the Springboks in Paris.
France are set to make a late call on Antoine Dupont’s involvement in the quarter-final after he underwent surgery for a broken cheekbone.
Galthie described the prospect of facing the Springboks in the last eight as ‘another World Cup final’ following their massively significant victory over the All Blacks in the opening match.
“Having played one World Cup Final against New Zealand in the opening match, now we have another one,” the coach said.
“I’m delighted to have stamped this qualification but our next appointment is on Sunday [October 15] and is another World Cup Final.”
Galthie says that France are relishing facing the defending world champions as they seek to establish themselves as deserving of Rugby World Cup glory.
“On one side [of the draw], the reigning world champions and on the other side, the world number one team,” said Galthie.
“The draw did its job, now it’s up to us to do ours.”
Galthie declared France’s setpiece work against Italy to be a success but the Springbok pack would have seen enough to know that they can get one over on the hosts up front.
“The breakdown was successful, likewise the scrum, line-out, attack and defence. These were areas that were very positive,” said Galthie.
“We put Italy under permanent pressure in that respect.”