Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raphael Shooting from the Ib before le Crunch

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raphael Shooting from the Ib before le Crunch

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Raphael Ibanez today predicted a World Cup semi-final of "enormous intensity" when France and England clash at Telstra Stadium.

Former French skipper Ibanez, who will join Saracens after the tournament, believes Sunday's showdown is a culmination of four years' planning for both teams.

France are bidding to reach their third World Cup final, having lost against New Zealand in 1987 and Australia 12 years later.

Current form suggests they have all the ammunition required to destroy England's World Cup dream, with 30-year-old hooker Ibanez a key influence on a side packed full of experience and uninhibited attackers.

He said: "We know it will be a big event for both teams.

"The English have planned for this game for four years, and so have we. I have no doubt England will be ready.

"There will be enormous intensity, and technically it will be very important to be physical.

"It is one of England's best qualities, their physicality, but it is not so much that you cannot match them. …

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