where to see France-Australia and five things to know about the first round of the Blues

Cameron Woki against Australia in June 2021. Panoramic

Program, unusual information, anecdotes … What you need to know before the opening match of the Blues Tour this Saturday against the Wallabies.

Where to watch the match of the XV of France

The kick-off of the first test match of the XV of France against Australia will be given at 21 at the Stade de France. A match broadcast live on France 2, commented by Matthieu Lartot and Dimitri Yachvili. The match can also be followed live with commentary on lefigaro.fr. This match will be refereed by South African Jaco Peyper.

476 days of invincibility for the Blues

The XV of France has not lost since July 17, 2021 and a short defeat, 33-30, against … Australia in Brisbane (the last confrontation between these two teams). Since then the Blues have chained ten wins: Argentina, Georgia, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Japan (twice), in chronological order. A series of ten victories that allowed Fabien Galthié’s men to equal an old record dating back to the 1930s: ten victories from 1931 to 1937, but collected against modest opponents, Italy and Germany, the Blues were then excluded from the Tournament for brutality. Lining up an eleventh consecutive success, this XV of France would therefore simply go down in history.

The Wallabies, black beast of the Blues

Blues and Wallabies have already faced each other 50 times. For a record clearly unfavorable to the Italian flag: 19 victories, against 29 for the Australians (and two draws). Since 2008 the balance is even worse: 11 wins for the Wallabies for three small French victories. In November 2012, at the Stade de France (33-6), in November 2014, again at the SDF (29-26), and in July 2021, an exploit 28-26 in Melbourne that had put an end to 31 years of failure of the XV from France to Australia. Of the 24 confrontations between France and Australia on French soil, the Blues have won 14 times, one draw and nine defeats.

Flament and Lucu haven’t lost yet

In the second row of the Stade Toulousain Thibaud Flament, starter against Australia, and the UBB scrum-half Maxime Lucu, on the bench, are still unbeaten in the blue jersey. Nine selections for as many victories. Antoine Dupont, has not yet suffered the defeat as captain of the XV of France.

Three 2015 Cup finalists in the Australian ranks

The Wallabies can draw on the experience of three players who played (and lost, 34-17) in the 2015 World Cup final against the All Blacks. They are opening half Bernard Foley, third row Michael Hooper (both holders in 2015) and current captain, prop James Slipper (substitute seven years ago). These three players will start this Saturday at the Stade de France.

Moefana could play it again Falatea, his uncle

Last July, the anecdote made people smile. UBB center Yoram Moefana took part in the first victory over Japan (42-23) playing alongside Sipili Falatea (moved from Clermont to UBB), who is none other than … uncle of him! Hard to imagine, the first is 22 years old and the second only three years older! This could also be the case this Saturday against Australia, when Falatea, substitute, comes into play, while Moefana will start on one of the flanks. Last summer Moefana said:Sipili is my father’s little brother. They both have a big age difference. So I consider Sipili more like a big brother. We grew up together in Futuna. Piccolo, we didn’t know that one day we would play together in the France team. Realizing that it’s really a pleasure …“A pleasure that should be renewed this Saturday at the Stade de France.

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