Michalak still chasing World Cup dream

Date published: October 17 2015

France's Frédéric Michalak hopes that his Rugby World Cup dream will come true in his final tournament ahead of facing New Zealand.

The 33-year-old will start against the All Blacks in Saturday's quarter-final and knows France need to be almost perfect.

"My dream will come true only if I win the World Cup," Michalak said.

"We need great quality, perfect discipline, a great lineout and a huge game in defence. And we have to play with a lot of heart, be everywhere on the field even when we’re getting tired.

"And of course score whenever possible.”

A change at scrum-half sees Michalak partnered by Morgan Parra, although he insists the switch will not put him off his game.

"We have been working together since 5 July. It’s not like a player wants to play more with one rather than with another," he added.

"Playing with Morgan, Rory (Kockott), Seb (Tillous-Borde) will not change anything. Morgan will bring his experience to the pitch."

Despite Parra's presence in the starting XV it will still be Michalak who kicks off the tee for France, with Scott Spedding handling the longer attempts.

Michalak revealed how he had been working hard on the finer aspects of his game with Jonny Wilkinson at Toulon.

"Jonny worked hard with us when we were together in Toulon," he revealed.

"He had a huge impact as a kicking coach, when he had us work on every little detail, something I’d never done before."