the essential The President of the Republic went to the National Rugby Center in Marcoussis (Essonne) on Monday 15 November, and addressed the Tricolores players, before their respective meetings against the New Zealand selections.
“Well done, great victory, there is nothing more to stop you from here to the World Cup”, which will be held from October 8 to 12 November 2022 in New Zealand, declared the president to the address of the captain of the Blue, Gaëlle Hermet.
After having shared the lunch of the men’s XV of France, the president then settled in the hall of honor for an exchange with the players at the end of which he wished them too “the win” against the formidable New Zealanders. , after two victories this fall against the Pumas (29 – 20) and the Georgians (41 – 15).
“For the group, it is an inspiring time which will give energy to the whole team, affirmed in the preamble the manager Raphaël Ibanez. We are here to listen to you, so that you make us share your failures as your achievements”.
The navigator Thomas Coville, the starred chef Guy Savoy, the businessman and former president of the Stade Français Max Guazzini have already participated in these meetings with the players.
On his arrival on the steps of the residence of the XV of France, the president had not failed to wish a “happy birthday” to the captain of the male XV, Antoine Dupont, who celebrates Monday his 25 years.
“Saturday is just a step on the way to the Mondial – 2023” organized in France, concluded Emmanuel Macron after the group photo, before taking some selfies and
Previously, the players of the France team did not fail to invite the president to come and see women’s rugby more often.
“President, you come to see us on Saturday in Castres (where they face New Zealanders again, editor’s note) and give us the pre-match speech?” Gaëlle Hermet said.
“I promise to come and watch a match of the Tournament, I am committed to it”, replied Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by his wife, in the room of the “Chez Domi” bar, in tribute to the former international Christophe Dominici .
“Thank you to you, because beyond your last matches, there have recently been some great perfs’, whether at XV or VII (the French were vice-Olympic champions this summer in Tokyo, editor’s note). public is numerous and there are vocations (which are born) “, he added.
“What awaits you in New Zealand will be the prelude to a crucial year 2023 for French rugby,” so thank you to you, it’s very inspiring “, he said. he underlined, wishing them to repeat their feat on Saturday in Castres, “then to go and find the English”, world No. 1, which made the players laugh.
“It’s a very busy season that promises to be very busy and is very important for us,” Gaëlle Hermet replied.
The Macron couple were then offered two jerseys signed by all the players.