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Six Nations Tournament: Villière victim of a fractured fibula, Dumortier tumbles


Coach Fabien Galthié should announce this Friday noon the first tenure of the Lyon winger, 22, in the XV of

A beautiful baby arrives in Rome.

Gladiator type.

Kind of strong, fast, and voracious.

Ethan Dumortier is the newcomer to the XV of France, which faces Italy on Sunday (4 p.m.) at the Olympic stadium at the opening of the Six Nations Tournament.

After the package of Toulonnais Gabin Villière, victim of a fractured fibula in training on Wednesday and package for the rest of the Tournament, Fabien Galthié, the coach of the Blues should announce this Friday noon from the hotel des Tricolores in Capbreton (Landes ), tenure and at the same time the first selection of the Lyon winger.

The 22-year-old young man with an advantageous size (1.92 m, 93 kg) that he inherits from his parents, former basketball players, has already wreaked havoc in the Top 14. Leading the try scorers this season with eight achievements, Ethan Dumortier arrives inflated with a confidence that caught the eye of the staff.

“The objective for me is clearly to shake up the codes, but not to skip the stages, he explained this week.

I try to do my best and bring my personal touch to this group.

Potentially, if I start, then I will have the chance to play a game.

I take it like that.


"It's hard to spend long months training without having the opportunity to show what you can do"

If he makes his way at the speed of a meteorite, he is not one of the coach's UFOs.

He has indeed ticked almost all the boxes since his debut in Saint-Savin, in Isère.

His career is classic.

He went through Bourgoin then joined Lyon as a junior in 2017. He then joined the tricolor selections and won the title of world champion under 20 in 2019. He even played 21 international matches with the France team at 7, history of widening its field of action.

The racing car is launched but Pierre Mignoni, the Lyon manager at the time, decides to make it wait a bit.

It retains the animal by only leaving it episodic appearances which already demonstrate the extent of its potential.

No question of burning it too soon, too quickly, however.

The young hopeful is chomping at the bit and must wait before being launched into the deep end of the Top 14 on a regular basis.

“This situation is not easy to live with and to understand when you are young, because you only want to play, he said.

It's hard to spend long months training and preparing without ever having the opportunity to show what you can do.

There are sometimes moments of doubt, but above all frustration.


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They didn't last too long.

Last season, Ethan Dumortier became an essential cog in his team.

A full season which allowed him to be called up for the first time by Fabien Galthié for the autumn tour.

He did not play any of the three games against Australia, South Africa and Japan but the door of the Blues was ajar.

This time it's wide open.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2023-02-02

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