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Six Nations: Moefana, Morgan, Polledri…, discover the 6 players to follow during the Tournament.


But also the Irishman Josh van der Flier, the Scottish Sione Tuipulotu and the Englishman Joe Marchant. Focus on the six players chosen by the editorial staff.

Yoram Moefana, center of attraction

The Union Bordeaux-Bègles player played his first 6 Nations Tournament with the Blues last year.

The three-quarter center had started on the bench during the first meeting against Italy, before being established three times in different positions.

First in 12 against Ireland, on the left wing against Scotland then on the right wing against Wales.

Rarely disappointing, the former Colomiers player takes advantage of Jonathan Danty's knee injury and should be aligned over time by Fabien Galthié.

Swift, powerful and a good defender, he could also have his card to play to win his starting spot for the 2023 World Cup in France.

To discover

  • Calendar and results 6 Nations

  • Ranking Tournament 6 of Nations

Josh van der Flier, a new status already well assumed

He preceded the phenomena Antoine Dupont and Ardie Savea in particular.

At 29, Josh van der Flier has been named the best player in the world by World Rugby in 2022. The Leinster flanker impresses in every game with his defensive and attacking activity.

This season with his province, van der Flier has only played six games but has scored two tries and made 64 tackles for a 100% completion percentage in that exercise.

Holder in power with the XV of clover, he once again blew his mind during the November tour against the reigning world champions South Africa (victory of the Irish 19-16 with a try from the flanker) then against Australia.

An ultra-regular player, he will be one of the main threats for the French team on Saturday February 11 in Dublin.

Irishman Josh van der Flier (ball in hand) Panoramic

Jac Morgan, the rise to power

In line with the many talented third lines that Wales has been able to provide, Jac Morgan (23) is a relief figure.

The flanker had started against Scotland in the first match of the Tournament last year before enjoying only a few crumbs against England and France.

But this season, the Ospreys player is having a thunderous season.

First in the club where he shines with his overflowing energy but also during the Autumn tour with his selection.

He indeed scored a double during the surprise defeat of the Leek XV against Georgia (12-13) and a new double a week later during the defeat against Australia (34-39).

Holder against Ireland on Saturday, the freshness of Morgan will be to follow in a somewhat aging team.

Sione Tuipulotu, watch out Bulldozer!

He could have played for Australia, Italy but also for Tonga.

Eventually, Sione Tuipulotu (26) opted for Scotland.

It is thanks to his grandmother of Scottish nationality and installed in Melbourne that the center of the Glasgow Warriors can now evolve under the tunic of the XV of the thistle.

It was she who raised Sione, her brothers and her sisters.

After four seasons with the Melbourne Rebels, Tuipulotu joined Shizuoka Blue Revs in Japan.

Quickly spotted, the player bounces back in 2021 in Glasgow.

This season, the super-powerful center stands out.

During the fall tour against Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina, Tuipulotu started three times.

The three-quarter center even scored a double against the Pumas.

The three-quarter Scottish center Sione Tuipulotu Panoramic

Jake Polledri back in the spotlight

Jake Polledri has come a long way.

Before his return on September 21, 2022 against Worcester, the original player had not played an official match since November 14, 2020 and an injury contracted with his selection.

The powerful number eight or flanker suffered a very serious knee and leg injury which caused extensive nerve damage.

This injury could have marked the end of his career at just 24 when he was in top form.

More seriously, Polledri tragically lost his brother in March 2022 at the age of 24.

He also played rugby.

Brilliant with his Gloucester club since his return, Italian coach Kieran Crowley has decided to call him back.

Read alsoSix Nations: Italian renaissance or simple sketch?

Joe Marchant, a real card to play

In the England team, the central three-quarter position has long been depopulated.

The associations have been numerous without however finding the magic formula.

The poor forms of Tuilagi and Joseph, the failures Burgess, Eastmond, Te'o… But Steve Borthwick wants to rely on Joe Marchant.

Powerful, swift and dynamic, the player who worked for the Auckland Blues in New Zealand has had a very good season with his club.

Author of 14 tenures in 15 match sheets, Marchant can, in the event of a good tournament, win this position.

In addition, the Harlequins center will join Stade Français after the 2023 World Cup.

The future center of Stade Français, Englishman Joe Marchant Panoramic

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-02-02

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