This in-between moment has all the makings of a moment of truth. Of those that he prefers to avoid looking in the face, scattering them in a fog of portmanteau words, the best bulwark against an outside world that he believes is rarely up to the task. Fabien Galthié's Act I ended with a stinging failure, an elimination on October 15 in the quarterfinals of the World Cup against South Africa (29-28) at the Stade de France. His second act (which has been set to end in June 2028) began this week in his den in Marcoussis (Essonne), the training centre of Les Bleus.
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On the agenda: "training to coach", another concept of his own, or how to lay the foundations for his second term by explaining his views to his new staff, meeting for the first time. But it is especially next week, on 14 December, that the coach will have to be clear, precise and convincing in his intentions. He will be interviewed, along with FFR vice-president Jean-Marc Lhermet, by the National League's steering committee, composed of Didier Lacroix and Ugo Mola (Stade Toulousain), Pierre Venayre (La Rochelle), Laurent Travers (Racing 92), Laurent Marti (UBB), Pierre Mignoni (Toulon), Sébastien Piqueronies (Pau) and Emmanuel Eschalier (general manager of the LNR).
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