End of suspense.
Via a simple press release without any justification, Fabien Galthié, the coach of the XV of France, unveiled this Tuesday the group of 42 selected to prepare for the next Six Nations Tournament.
If the staff of the Blues had to deal with certain absences due to injury, several newcomers have been called to Marcoussis, other veterans are returning.
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If most of the executives of the France group are present (
Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Grégory Alldritt in
(Toulon) was not called.
The winger with the red helmet is currently in the recovery phase, after experiencing several physical glitches which have so far ruined his season (fractures of the left hand and fibula).
Another expected return, that of
The Rouge et Noir flanker was seriously injured in the knee last June and suffered a relapse in September.
The competition promises to be fierce with
(Toulon), back in the foreground in November, and
, valuable in the fight.
The surprise of this list came from third-line
In the same position, note the return of
(Montpellier), crowned champion of France last summer.
The right pillar
(Montpellier) returns to the group, after being absent in the fall.
Slightly injured recently, the other right pillar
(La Rochelle, sprained knee) will be able to quickly return to competition, believes the staff who retained him.
On the other hand, scrum half
(UBB, sprained ankle) was not called up.
(Lyon), who recently suffered a whiplash and who is not called up.
The staff trusted the youth with
Nolann Le Garrec
For this Six Nations Tournament, the tricolor staff called on several neophytes.
(Stade Français Paris), particularly prominent this season with the second in the Top 14, has been called up.
Called up last November but not yet capped, winger
(Lyon) and center
(Pau) will return to Marcoussis.
Another fit man at the start of this exercise, the rear or winger
(Bordeaux-Bègles) was called up, at only 19 years old.
Lamothe and Barlot summoned to the heel
Faced with a massacre at the hooker position, with the unavailability of
(Toulouse, finger) and
(La Rochelle, knee), Fabien Galthié and his assistants called on
(Toulon) to be the understudy of the number 1 of the position,
On the other hand,
(Bordeaux-Bègles), approached to join the group, was ultimately not selected.
Already called without having been aligned, the rear
(UBB) is also selected.
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At the post of opening half, behind the essential
, there was still a place to take.
Logically, it was
(La Rochelle), author of good performances in his new colors, who was selected rather than
(Montpellier) and the young
(Stade Français), yet cited by Fabien Galthié as a followed player.
Internship in Capbreton
Among the notable absences,
(Racing 92), victim of a broken hand, was not summoned.
Long-term injured, the three-quarter centers
(La Rochelle) and
(Montpellier), two executives of the group, will not be there either.
In the pack, two other players are missing: the second-line
(Montpellier, shoulder) and the right pillar
On the return side,
(Montpellier), who returned to the field in mid-December after four months of absence, is logically returning to the cage.
Already summoned and selected (two selections each), the second lines
(La Rochelle) are part of the group of 42.
The Blues will be reunited at the CNR of Marcoussis from Sunday January 22, before leaving for a ten-day internship in Capbreton (Landes).
The XV of France will begin the defense of its title in the Six Nations Tournament on Sunday February 5 (4 p.m.), with a trip to Italy.
Before, a week later, the shock of this 2023 edition against Ireland, the number 1 nation in the world ranking, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
A real test for the Blues less than eight months from "their" World Cup.