Rugby.  France-Japan: What were the last performances of the XV of France at the Toulouse stadium?

Rugby. France-Japan: What were the last performances of the XV of France at the Toulouse stadium?

The former Stade Toulousain winger in action against Samoa: it was during the French rugby team's last match at the Toulouse stadium on November 12, 2016.
The former Stade Toulousain winger in action against Samoa: it was during the French rugby team’s last match at the Toulouse stadium on November 12, 2016. (©Icon Sport)

Sunday 20 November 2022 will be a celebration at the XV of France with the arrival of Japan at the Toulouse Stadium, at 14:00. Coach’s Blues Fabien Galthie they remain on 12 straight victories (most recently in Marseille against reigning world champions South Africa, 30-26), including two against these same Japanese this summer.

France and the stadium, is a love story and a true communion. And good memories too! A look at the last five international matches that saw the Blues play in the Haut-Garonne.

France-Samoa 2016: victory 52-8

2016 was a very mixed year for French rugby. Then the coach is certain Guy Noves and this autumn tour should allow the French team to relaunch itself. The first test match takes place against Samoa in Toulouse in a huge atmosphere. The Blues make a show and the Toulousains Huget and Fickou go there for their essay (seven essays in all). The match is marked by the great performance of Vakatawa on the wing and the injury of the number 10 Trinh-Duc.

But breath would fall with two narrow defeats later against Australia and New Zealand at the Stade de France. The famous “encouraging defeats” which later damaged the reputation of the Blues.

It was November 13, 2009: the French national rugby team beat South Africa at the Stadium in Toulouse, 20-13.
It was November 13, 2009: the French national rugby team beat South Africa at the Stadium in Toulouse, 20-13. (©Archives/Actu Toulouse/Anthony Assémat)

France-South Africa 2009: victory 20-13

The Blues beat the Springboks after a Homeric game and a referee played last weekend in Marseille (30-26). Before that, the last victory against “Sud-Afs” was in 2009… and it was at Stadium of Toulouse ! The French imposed a real physical challenge and won thanks in particular to a try by former star Vincent Clerc (20-13).

Connoisseurs should also remember a monumental “cartridge” delivered by Chabal to opener Bok Steyn.

France-Namibia 2007: victory 87-10

The 2007 World Cup, staged partly in France, remains a mixed memory for France with a quarter-final feat against the Blacks at Cardiff (Wales) but a 4And unhooked place, in the end.

Video: currently on Actu

In the group stage, the Blues played at the Stadium against the weakest team in the group, Namibia. Clerc had treated himself to a hat-trick and Chabal, a fantastic ride that still scores on YouTube. It was for The Blues By Bernard Laporte to wash away the snub of the opening defeat against Argentina (17-12) at the Stade de France.

>> In the video: Chabal’s amazing try against Namibia in 2007 <

France-Tonga 2005: victory 43-8

A match against Tongans is never easy. Loss at the 2011 World Cup and narrow victory in 2019 attest to that… In 2005, the Blues went 4/4 in the autumn series, beating the Australians and South Africans in the process. The match against Tonga took place in Toulouse. Messy game but won hands down by Le Coq’s players (43-8).

>> Relive 2And France-Tonga first half 2005 <

France-Fiji 1999: victory 28-19

Before the legendary victory against Jonah Lomu’s All Blacks in the semifinals (43-31), the Blues had suffered martyrdom in chickens, ingloriously winning against Canada in Béziers (Hérault) and coming out of nowhere against the fearsome and unpredictable Fijians. It’s October 16, 1999 and the feat looms for the Iliens at the Toulouse Stadium, who then take the lead 19-13 ten minutes from the end.

After an endless series of scrums dominated by the Blues, the referee then awarded a penalty try. An unimaginable scenario in rugby in 2022… Then the Blues rolled out to finish winning.

France-New Zealand 1995: victory 22-15

There was a thundering wind on November 11, 1995 and it was a blue tornado that slammed into reigning world champions New Zealand in a 22-15 win and three nil tries against Jonah Lomu, Jeff Wilson and the Black Stars.

The world of rugby discovered in particular that year two boys who would have had a good career: Toulousain Tommaso Castaignede and the Landes Riccardo Dourthe.

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