XV of France – autumn tour: against Georgia, Matthis Lebel holder on the wing and a messed up pack

the essential If Fabien Galthié only made a change behind without touching the Jalibert-Ntamack association, the coach carried out a large turnover within the pack to challenge the Georgia, six short days before facing the Blacks.

It is a bet that may seem risky: why did you decide to upset 50% a pack that had somehow given satisfaction against Argentina, at the time of face a Georgian selection whose main strength lies in the front eight? The answer is obviously in two words: All-Blacks. That the Tricolores will face in Saint-Denis just six short days after taking up the challenge of the Lelos …

This is why, in order to revive the competition as much as to spare certain strengths,

Fabien Galthié and his staff tried a bet, by offering a tenure to Macalou , Alldritt, Taofifenua and Atonio while advancing flanker Cameron Woki to the second row. “There are always risks and dangers, especially during international meetings, confirmed the coach. But you have to take risks and follow your intentions. Is the risk big? We are there to take responsibility for our decisions. We have worked a lot with Cameron in this position and he is present on the oppositions in scrum. Cameron Woki is above all our line captain, whether he is in the third row or with the number four. We will therefore see the scenario of the meeting. , knowing that Thibaud Flament is with the finishers. ” A strong four-star bench – among others – from Mauvaka, Bamba, Willemse and Cros which could tip the scales at the hour mark, as was the case last week against the Pumas …

“Lebel won his selection”

As for three-quarters? Unlike the forwards, these have been maintained in their main lines, starting with this Jalibert-Ntamack association which needs so much to be honed before facing the All-Blacks. “There are intuitions, risks, feelings and an organization to build, assumed Galthié. There are points of improvement to be had in our collective performance, but our team must be able to function with this organization.” The only change in the end concerning Matthis Lebel, necessarily very disappointed not to have faced the Pumas after two weeks of training as a holder (he had been doubled by the flashback from injury of Gabin Villière, Editor’s note), who will finally honor his first selection … “Gabin could not participate in Tuesday’s session, he needed to breathe, said the coach. Matthis has been very efficient for several seasons with Stade Toulousain, and even during training with us. He won the right to have this selection, he came to get his jersey. “

It is up to him to do her honor, from now on, for an experience that will be all the more unforgettable as it will be shared alongside his childhood friend Romain Ntamack …

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