Rugby World Cup 'I hate the preparation' - France captain Thierry Dusautoir

France captain Thierry Dusautoir said he was hating the Rugby World Cup build-up, but knows the suffering will be worth it.

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France captain Thierry Dusautoir said he was hating the Rugby World Cup build-up, but knows the suffering will be worth it.

Philippe Saint-Andre's 36-man squad are preparing for the tournament, which begins in England on September 18.

The preparation is a struggle for Dusautoir, but he understands the importance ahead of France's Pool D matches against Ireland, Italy, Canada and Romania.

"I hate the preparation, but we have to do it anyway. I am doing it," he said.

"Obviously if we could prepare for a season and to be fit by eating some crisps in front of the TV, we would all do it. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

"We have to accept that we need to suffer. We have to push ourselves to the limits. We need to do everything that will help us to perform well during the games. This is essential.

"We also have to learn to appreciate this time we have together. It helps to know each other better. When we are very tired, it starts to be difficult; we know how far we can go."

Dusautoir urged his team to take the rare opportunity they have in preparation, which is longer than usual.

"This is an uncommon situation for us. We rarely have the opportunity to all be together as a group for such a long period of time. It may happen once every four years," he said.

"We are looking forward to managing this time together the best way possible. We want to use it to perform well.

"If you look at the All Blacks or the south nations globally, you realise that they do it every year. For us that's very uncommon. We really hope to be able to see the difference in September."

Meanwhile, France centre Mathieu Bastareaud is just desperate to make the final squad.

"My main goal is to be fit and feeling well. I want to be as ready as possible. We are all here in order to be on the list of the 31 players. We are all working for it," he said.

"Some choices will be made. We have to respect them. I am telling myself, 'Work, and whatever may happen next, do not have any regrets'."

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