Yawns, Flament, Danty mistreated; Dupont suspended … The Blues staff is forced to a major reorganization in view of the last game of the autumn tour, against the Japanese, on Sunday 2 November in Toulouse.
It is almost a request for help launched by the coach of the Blues Fabien Galthié, on Saturday evening, 12 November, in the bowels of the Vélodrome in Marseille, after the victory of the Blues against the South African world champions (30-26).
An appeal to general mobilization that is not exactly usual when it comes to the XV of France. “Tomorrow or Monday we will announce a roster of 42 players,” said the manager. We need all the vital forces of our league, all the French at our disposal today. They are on vacation there, but they have to go back there soon. We are waiting for them. “And to hammer:” Have them prepare, there will be turnover “.
And for good reason. Despite Jonathan Danty finally he does not suffer from a fracture of the orbital floor, he will not go to Pink City, Sunday November 20 (14) against Japan, for the third and final game of this autumn tour. Same observation for Cyril Baile.
The pillar of the Stade Toulousain suffered on Saturday evening, according to Galthié, from an inguinal hernia. An operation was even planned on the night between Saturday and Sunday. He probably won’t, but he won’t be in the game against Japan.
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Thibaud Flamento, released half an hour from the start of the match for a concussion protocol, was unable to return to the field and will therefore also be deprived of the last test match. Not to mention thatAntoine Dupont he will be automatically disqualified because of the red card and that Uini Attonio’s knee seemed to have “screamed” in the first half.
So there are at least four holders of the first two matches, perhaps five depending on the situation of the La Rochelle pillar, for which the coach will have to find substitutes.
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A huge project that doesn’t seem to worry the Blues boss too much. “We will win tonight (Saturday) when we have so many players absent, he commented soberly. But we have others taking over. And that’s good. It is the fruit of our method of working with 42 players, especially those arriving on Sunday evening. , who stay until Wednesday. These players touch our organization, they speak the same language for three days. And even if they leave, they end up playing and winning with France. “
However: there won’t be a revolution either. Fabien Galthié is an ultra-conservative. Dupont absent, Massimo Lucu Where is it Baptist Couilloud will take over. Danty on the hip? Yoram Moefana will return to the center as Saturday evening from the 12th minute of the meeting.
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already decayed, Reda Wardi will have the opportunity to live a first assignment. On the other hand, Sekou Macalou Will not start on the wing and the Tolosain Mattis Lebelpresent on the bench of the “finishers” against Australia, he will appear in the XV holder.
At this stage, two uncertainties really weigh on the composition of the team. what to say Tommaso Ramos ? The Toulouse full-back was blocked on social media by Rassie Erasmus, the technical director of the Boks, for an elbow in the face of Cheslin Kolbe at the beginning of the meeting.
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Will he be summoned to appear before a disciplinary commission? The Blues staff cross their fingers. Finally, the second line will likely experience a new hitch. With whom it will be associated Cameron Woki ? The profile of Romain Taofifenua Fabien Galthié likes it … but in a final role. Will he change his mind? Answered Friday November 18th, when the team will be announced.