Fanny Horta and the Les Bleues are ready for Tokyo

The French women have been in their high performance camp as they prepare for the Olympic Games. They have been training in a controlled environment and heat to prepare for the Japanese climate and the Les Bleues will leave nothing on the pitch.

The French team narrowly missed out qualifying for the Olympic Games via the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series ranking and had to go through the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers to have a shot at another Olympic Games.

France beat Hong Kong in a dominant tournament, not conceding any tries throughout the three day tournament. France, Russian women and Ireland men all qualified for the Olympics.

France was part of the inaugural rugby event in the Rio Olympics back in 2016, but missed out on the podium games and went home without a medal.

Horta told France Rugby about Rio that the team has improved from the squad five years ago, evolving and gaining more skills as the years went by. She added that the team this year will be a very different team from five years ago.

Expectations are high for the French ladies in the Tokyo Olympics, after their dominating performance in Monaco, fans are excited to see what they have to offer the Olympic Games.

Horta also mentioned that they were far less experienced five years ago and let the pressure mess with their game, but it was a lesson learned and not wasted as they have made preparations to over come these jitters.

Horta also hinted that this could be her last Olympics as she looked back on her vast France XVs and 7s career. She says she is taking it one day at a time as she stays grounded in the moment for the big game. Trying to focus on each step of the way and building off her experiences in the Rio Olympic Games.

The Les Bleues have been waiting for their ticket to Tokyo for years, and with what has happened over the past year, they cant wait to get on the field and win the competition.

Horta says the Covid-19 isolation protocols which will last 14 days will be the perfect opportunity to adjust to the climate of Japan and recover from jet lag.