Fabien Galthié has returned to his big guns after a mediocre performance against Uruguay
France will look to reclaim top spot in Pool A against Namibia in Marseille on Thursday night after Italy went top with a battling win over Uruguay. Here are our France v Namibia predictions.
Fabien Galthié has called upon the majority of his first-choice stars to put on a good performance after an unconvincing display from his wider squad against Los Teros in Round 2.
France v Namibia predictions
Alan Dymock: France by 70 points: France are at full-strength in their second city and Namibia couldn’t lay a glove on France at their worst. They’ll do their best but it’s an almost impossible ask.
Josh Graham: France by 60 points: Galthié has recalled the big guns and this will be a landslide. Namibia have had the stuffing knocked out of them so this is only going one way. Bielle-Biarrey is set for some more tries as he gets a chance to shine ahead of Gabin Villiere.
Kick Off Time 8pm BST – 9pm Local –Thursday 21st September
TV Channel ITV4 (UK) – How To Watch The Rugby World Cup
Venue Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Fun Fact: The venue for the 2022 Champions Cup Final between Leinster and La Rochelle, the Velodrome was first used to host a Six Nations game in 2018 when France played Italy in front of 50,000 fans.
Beat New Zealand
Lost to New Zealand
Lost to Italy
Lost to Uruguay
FRANCE v NAMIBIA head-t0-head results
Their only previous meetings have come at the Rugby World Cup, and both in France. Namibia did play two international fixtures against a France XV in 1990 at Windhoek, losing narrowly by nine and four points respectively.
France won 87-10 in 2007 in Toulouse but only prevailed 47-13 in 1999 in Bordeaux.
France v Namibia team news
FRANCE Thomas Ramos; Damian Penaud, Gaël Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Louis Bielle-Biarrey; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont (captain); Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Uini Atonio; Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament; François Cros, Charles Ollivon, Anthony Jelonch
Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Reda Wardi, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Boudehent, Baptiste Couilloud, Yoram Moefana, Melvyn Jaminet
NAMIBIA Andre van der Bergh; Gerswin Mouton, Johan Deysel (captain), Danco Burger, JC Greyling; Cliven Loubser, Jacques Theron; Desiderius Sethie, Louis van der Westhuizen, Johan Coetzee; Mahepisa Tjeriko, Adriaan Ludick; Max Katjijeko, Johan Retief, Prince Gaoseb
Replacements: Obert Nortje, Jason Benade, Haitembu Shifuka, PJ Van Lill, Richard Hardwick, Oela Blaauw, Alcino Izaacs, Divan Rossouw