Kayser: ‘RWC leaves a gaping wound’

France hooker Benjamin Kayser couldn't wait to get back into action with Clermont as he returned to training on Monday.

Kayser saw limited time on the pitch fighting for a spot alongside Guilhelm Guirado and Dimitri Szarzewski in a real area of depth for France.

As a result the 31-year-old feels fresh and eager to put such a disappointing tournament behind him.

"I really wanted to come back soon because I was frustrated in terms of playing time," Kayser told Rugbyrama.

"It could have been worse because there was a high-level competition at hooker for France.

"I played almost every game, but as a substitute, and this is not the same thing… So I'm hungry, and I want to quickly find the ground ".

Kayser watched on from the stands during France's humiliating 62-13 loss in the quarter-final to New Zealand – a defeat that brought their World Cup campaign to a sorry end.

Addressing the aftermath, Kayser said that getting over such a disastrous thrashing would take some time.

"Of course we have been affected," he added.

"Me, I was in the stands that I could not do anything, it was perhaps even worse.

"Each of us will digest this World Cup in his own way. But it will be a gaping wound that does not close just like that.

"We faced the best team in the world, and unfortunately there is an enormous gap between them and France."