Fabien Galthié will unveil the creation of the XV of France to face Scotland, Friday (9 p.m.) at the Stade de France this Wednesday.
The feat achieved against Wales has made its mark, but France’s XV should be able to benefit from reinforcements from second-line Bernard Le Roux on Friday against Scotland in the deciding match for the title in the Six Nations tournament. Coach Fabian Galthy, forced to make changes to his list of twenty-three players to be unveiled on Wednesday (12:30 pm), will have to do without Paul Willems, expelled and two matches suspended against the Welsh. Uncertainty remained over the appearance of Romain Taofeifenua, suffering a knee injury and being replaced by Swann Rebadj in the middle of the first period against XV du Leq, but he did participate in high-intensity training at Marcosis on Tuesday. His final assessment was “very reassuring”, explained Thibault Giroud, the man in charge of France’s XV’s performance.
His partner in “The Cage”, Paul Willems, received a red card for a clearing at neck level in the final quarter of an hour and a hand in the face of Welsh left columnist Wyn Jones. He should be replaced by Bernard Le Roux in the early XV. Racing 92 players (31, 46 caps) missed the duel against Wales and, before that, a thigh muscle strain caused the tour of England (23–20 defeat). But he was recalled to the group to prepare for the final match against XV du Chardon.
To avoid any incidents, the French management withdrew from Pau Baptiste Pecenti to reinforce the second line. Le Roux and Taofifenua attend training at Marcosis early this Tuesday. until the staff decides to install Swan Rebbuzz, the author of a very noteworthy entry against XV du Leq and which relates to a chasmbul of the holder of certain sequences on images of training provided by the FFR Huh.
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At the opening, all lights are green for the tenure of Romain Entamac, who made it to the Stade de France Mathieu Jalibert (concussion protocol) after 30 minutes of play. The number 10 of Bordeaux-Bagles has been forfeited for Friday and has been replaced by the Tolonnais group by Louis Carbonell. It will be Ntamack’s first stint since 31 October and the Blues’ win against Ireland (35-27) on the last day of the 2020 tournament. Toulouse had to give up after the fall tour due to a thigh pain. Then in late December he missed the trips to Italy (50-10) and Ireland (15-13) due to a double jaw fracture.
Other changes are not impossible at a higher game level. Anthony Zelonch is applying for the starting spot in the third row along with captain Charles Olivone and number 8 Gregory Aldritt. Le Castres took on the physical challenge by playing the last half hour on Saturday, relayed Dylan Cretin, author of the Half Fig, Half Grape performance.
Winger Teddy Thomas was also one of the least prominent French against the “Red Dragons”. Center Arthur Vincent replaced him in the final twenty-five minutes, which resulted in Fikou being transferred to the wing, determining the build-up to the winning test. After reversing the position against Wales (32–30), the leader in the standings, XV of France must make at least four tries against Scotland and win by 21 points to win the title. This will be the first time since 2010.
Possible composition of XV of France: Dulin – Penaud, Wakatawa, Fikou, Thomas – (o) Nutamac, (m) Dupont – Olivone (cap.), Alldritt, Gelonche – Taofifenua (or Rebadj), Le Roux – Haus, Marchand, Bell
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