a group of 42 players for the Tournament with eight new people, including Delbouis, Coly and Bielle-Biarrey

Fabien Galthié, coach of the Blues. Panoramic

Fabien Galthié selected 42 players on Tuesday, including eight who had no choice, to prepare for the Six Nations Tournament, which kicks off on February 5 with a trip to Italy.

End of suspense. Via a simple press release without any pretext, Fabien Galthié, coach of the France XV, revealed this Tuesday the group of 42 players selected to prepare for the next Six Nations Tournament. While the Blues staff have had to deal with certain absences through injury, some newcomers have been called up to Marcoussis, other veterans are back.

If most of the French group executives are present (Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Gregory Alldritt especially…), Gabin Villier (Toulon) was not summoned. The red-helmeted winger is currently recovering, having suffered several physical problems that have ruined his season (fractured left hand and fibula).

Another expected return, ie François Cros (Toulouse). The Rouge et Noir winger injured his knee badly last June and relapsed in September. Competition promises to be fierce with Charles Ollivon (Toulon), returns to the foreground in November, and Anthony Jelonchvaluable in battle.

The surprise of this list comes from the third row Paul Boudehent (La Rochelle). In the same post, notice the return Yacouba Camara (Montpellier), was crowned champion of France last summer. Right pillar mohamed haouas (Montpellier) returns to the group, after missing the fall.

Delbouis appreciated

Slightly injured recently, another right pillar Uini Atonio (La Rochelle, sprained knee) can quickly get back into competition, confident of the staff who keep him on. In contrast, Maxime Funny’s scrum half (UBB, sprained ankle) was not called out. According to Canal+, he will miss four to five weeks. Baptiste Couilloud (Lyon), who recently suffered a whiplash, is not recovering well. The staff trusted the young man Leo Colly (Montpellier) and Nolann LeGarrec (Race 92).

For this Six Nations Tournament, the tri-colored staff summoned several other new people. Therefore, Julien Delbouis (Stade Français Paris), who has really stood out this season with his second in the Top 14, has been called up. Called up last November but hasn’t played yet, winger Ethan Dumortier (Lyon) and the middle Emilien Gailleton (Pau) will return to Marcoussis. Other fit men from this training start, full-back or winger Louis Bielle-Biarrey (Bordeaux-Bègles) called, just 19 years old.

Baubigny and Barlot are called to kneel

Facing carnage in the position of prostitute, with unavailability Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse, finger) and Pierre Bourgarit (La Rochelle, knee), Fabien Galthié and his assistants were called up Gaetan Barlot (Castres) and Teddy Baubigny (Toulon) became the number 1 substitute in the position, Julien Marchand. Besides that, Maxim Lamothe (Bordeaux-Bègles), was approached to join the group, ultimately not being selected. It’s been called unleveled, his team-mates, the rear Romain Buros (UBB), selected.

As the opening round, behind the essentials Romain Ntamack and Matthew Jalibert, there is still a place to take. Logically, it is Antoine Hastoy (La Rochelle), the author looks good under his new color, which is chosen than Louis Carbonel (Montpellier) and the younger ones Leo Barre (Stade Français), but was cited by Fabien Galthié as a player to follow.

Intern at Capbreton

Amidst the absence of signs, Cameron Woki (Racing 92), victim of broken arm, not called. Long term injury, center three quarters Jonathan Danty (La Rochelle) and Arthur Vincent (Montpellier), two of the group’s executives, will also not attend. In the pack, two other players are missing: the second row Florian Verhaeghe (Montpellier, shoulder) and right pillar Jean-Baptiste Gros (Toulon, forearm). on the back side, Paul Willemse (Montpellier), who returned to the pitch in mid-December after four months out, logically returns to home. Called and selected (two choices each), second line Thomas Jolmes (UBB) and Thomas Lavault (La Rochelle) is part of the group of 42.

The Blues will reconvene at CNR in Marcoussis from Sunday 22 January, before heading off for a ten-day internship in Capbreton (Landes). The French XV will begin their title defense in the Six Nations Tournament on Sunday 5 February (16:00), with a trip to Italy. Previously, a week later, the 2023 edition of the game was against Ireland, the world’s number 1 country, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The real test for the Blues is less than eight months from “their” World Cup.

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