Kayser: ‘RWC leaves a gaping wound’

Date published: October 27 2015

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France hooker Benjamin Kayser couldn't wait to get back into action with Clermont as he returned to training on Monday.

Kayser saw limited time on the pitch fighting for a spot alongside Guilhelm Guirado and Dimitri Szarzewski in a real area of depth for France.

As a result the 31-year-old feels fresh and eager to put such a disappointing tournament behind him.

"I really wanted to come back soon because I was frustrated in terms of playing time," Kayser told Rugbyrama.

"It could have been worse because there was a high-level competition at hooker for France.

"I played almost every game, but as a substitute, and this is not the same thing… So I'm hungry, and I want to quickly find the ground ".

Kayser watched on from the stands during France's humiliating 62-13 loss in the quarter-final to New Zealand – a defeat that brought their World Cup campaign to a sorry end.

Addressing the aftermath, Kayser said that getting over such a disastrous thrashing would take some time.

"Of course we have been affected," he added.

"Me, I was in the stands that I could not do anything, it was perhaps even worse.

"Each of us will digest this World Cup in his own way. But it will be a gaping wound that does not close just like that.

"We faced the best team in the world, and unfortunately there is an enormous gap between them and France."

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