SHOWS: KUMAMOTO, JAPAN (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE RUGBY TEAM MEMBER, MAXIME MEDARD, SAYING: "We have the U.S.A.
We'll see after that.
Our objective is to go to the quarter finals, whether we come out first or second, it's not a problem.
I can't quite think about coming out first in the group seen as we haven't played the U.S.A.
We need to respect those teams and - maybe it sounds stupid but it makes sense in this competition (to think like that)." STORY: France are taking their next Pool C challenge against the United States very seriously despite being in a strong position for a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
Speaking on Friday (September 27), full-back Maxime Medard dodged talk of a potential group decider with 2003 winners England, instead insisting that USA and then Tonga would provide stern tests before then.
In the aftermath of political news back home in France with former President Jacques Chirac dying on Thursday aged 86, Jacques Brunel's players preferred to concentrate on their own duties in Japan.
France beat Argentina 23-21 last Saturday (September 21) thanks to a late Camille Lopez drop goal, but it's Eddie Jones' England that lead the group with a maximum haul of 10 points from their two matches.
Les Bleus, runners-up in 2011 in New Zealand, are favourites to record a comfortable victory over USA next Wednesday (October 2), with the Americans having lost their pool opener to England 45-7.
France play the Eagles in Fukuoka before travelling to Kumamoto to face the Tongans four days later.
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