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After three days of rest, the Blues returned to training late Monday afternoon at the Georges Carcassonne stadium in Aix-en-Provence. With several good news. Victim of a knee pain a week ago, which had forced him to withdraw for Namibia, Gregory Alldritt was back on the field. Touched against Namibia, pillar Uini Atonio (knee) and winger Louis Bielle-Biarrey (shoulder) also took part.
Not Paul Boudehent on the other hand, who was content to watch the session from the sidelines. Victim of a concussion against Namibia, the third line from La Rochelle must observe a mandatory rest period, with regular examinations. Having passed the HIA 3 test, he was however able to return to the exercise bike on Monday and will move on to the race on Tuesday. Twelve days of rest are imposed by the regulations (from the KO, on September 21), so he will be able to apply for the match against Italy, on October 6.
Julien Marchand, who suffered a torn hamstring in the opening match against New Zealand on September 8, is on his way home. If he did not participate in the collective training, the Toulouse hooker had been able to resume the race on Monday morning. He is expected on the pitch in the week and "applies for the match against Italy". A prospect that had been targeted by the staff when deciding to keep one of its executives in the group despite his unavailability.
Lucu in 9, Villière back in the starting XV?
During the fifteen minutes open to the press on Monday, the game of chasubles gave some indications, to be taken however with caution since there are twelve days left before the last match of the group stage against Italy, on October 6 in Lyon. Maxime Lucu wore the No. 9 starting chasuble, so the Bordeaux native seems to hold the rope to replace Antoine Dupont at kick-off. He was accompanied at the opening by his UBB partner, Matthieu Jalibert. Behind, Gabin Villière had found the 11th, Louis Bielle-Biarrey training with the supposed substitutes.
In front, surprise in the second line where Bastien Chalureau had put on the blue chasuble No. 6 and Macalou the No. 6. This gave the following first team composition: 1. Wardi, 2. Mauvaka, 3. Falatea – 4. Flament, 5. Chalureau – 6. Macalou, 7. Cros, 8. Alldritt – 9. Lucu, 10. Jalibert – 11. Villière, 12. Moefana, 13. Fickou, 14. Penaud – 15. Ramos. Awaiting confirmation in the coming days. In this configuration, it is Grégory Alldritt who would recover the captain's armband.