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XV of France: shortened session for Villière before Italy


Hit in an ankle on Wednesday, the Toulonnais had to stop his training. Bad news before the debut of the XV of France in the Tournament against Italy on Sunday.

The Toulonnais Gabin Villière, who has just resumed competition after two months off, only participated in part of the training session for the XV of France on Wednesday, five days before facing Italy, on the first day of the Six Nations Tournament.

Villière (27, 12 caps), injured in a leg and a hand since November, started Wednesday's session, the last high-intensity for the Blues, with the chasuble of the probable holders.

But he stopped during training, visibly hit in an ankle.

In balance with the Lyonnais Ethan Dumortier, top try scorer in the Top 14, the Toulon winger was recalled on Sunday to prepare for the trip to Italy, having only played two matches with the RCT this season.

The rest of the team expected to start the match on Sunday (4:00 p.m.) at the Stadio Olimpico, presented a classic composition.

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In the front row, coach Fabien Galthié should line up the Baille-Marchand-Atonio trio in front of the Willemse-Flament duo, the third row being made up of Jelonch, Ollivon and Alldritt.

The hinge, formed by Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, is really beyond doubt and Villière, despite everything, could therefore accompany the Clermontois Damian Penaud (26 years old, 37 sel.), spared Tuesday, on the wings of the Blues.

The pair of centers was made up of Racingman Gaël Fickou and Bordeaux-Bègles player Yoram Moefana, again unsurprisingly, the Toulousain Thomas Ramos ensuring the position of N.15.

On the bench, Racing 92 scrum half Nolann Le Garrec (20 years old, 0 caps) should be the understudy for captain Antoine Dupont in the absence of injured UBB player Maxime Lucu.

Probable composition of the XV of France against Italy:

Ramos - Penaud, Moefana, Fickou, Villière - (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont (cap.) - Ollivon, Alldritt, Jelonch - Willemse, Flament - Atonio, Marchand, Yawns

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-02-01

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