Pape pumped up ahead of France camp

Date published: July 6 2015

France second row Pascal Papé is braced for a demanding training camp after the squad arrived in Marcoussis.

Papé believes that France are on the cusp of something special despite four years of inconsistency under Philippe Saint-André.

The ten-day camp which kicks off on Monday is another challenge for the 34-year-old lock, but one he views as essential as France prepare for September's tournament.

Papé added that the squad are hungry to make the country proud and that the squad's spirit would be developed into a strong weapon during the tough training sessions to come.

"I feel a lot of motivation, determination and desire," Papé told RMC.

"We know it will be difficult, very demanding for the first month. But it's the foundation to be competitive and get as far as possible. There is a lot of excitement and desire to do battle.

"I hope it will go quickly. It's been four years that we've worked for this. There have been ups and downs, but what matters is the World Cup. We want to have a great World Cup and make the French proud of us!

"If you start to be afraid of the training, then it's not even worth going to compete. This is obligatory.

"We'll start with a bang… and help each other in times of suffering as well as joy. This is how we will forge a spirit that will be exceptional.

"It won't be rosy every day, but that's life of a top athlete" .