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XV of France: “We are not starting from zero”, Fabien Galthié positive despite injuries

2024-01-22T17:07:17.902Z

Highlights: XV of France: “We are not starting from zero”, Fabien Galthié positive despite injuries. Toulouse third row Anthony Jelonch, injured Sunday in the European Cup against Bath, withdrew from the entire Tournament. Emmanuel Meafou, also affected against the English, will also miss the tournament. France's entry into the competition against Ireland in Marseille, Friday February 2 (9 p.m. local time) The coach and his captain Grégory Alldritt, who remained in Marcoussis (Essonne) due to the weather, participated by videoconference.


The coach and his captain Grégory Alldritt, who remained in Marcoussis (Essonne) due to the weather, participated by videoconference in


The Blues have not yet put on their crampons as they are already facing headwinds.

A sign of the times, coach Fabien Galthié and his new captain Grégory Alldritt, nailed to Marcoussis (Essonne) by the storm, were unable to take off this Monday morning towards Dublin (Ireland) where the traditional opening conference took place of the Six Nations Tournament bringing together all the coaches and captains.

“We are sorry not to be able to join the rugby family,” Fabien Galthié began on Zoom, flanked by Grégory Alldritt in a room at the training center, before returning to the black clouds gathering above. above the XV of France.

Eleven days before their entry into the competition against Ireland in Marseille, Friday February 2 (9 p.m.), the bad news is indeed multiplying for the Tricolores.

It was first the Toulouse third row Anthony Jelonch, injured Sunday in the European Cup against Bath, who withdrew from the entire Tournament, before being followed by the second row Emmanuel Meafou, also affected against the English.

“We will miss Anthony”

“Anthony called me last night (Sunday) after his MRI, to explain to me that he had the anterior cruciate of his right knee broken,” Galthié said.

We all know the protocol and the length of unavailability for this type of injury.

We really wish him a lot of courage, we will miss him.

» The Toulouse player, replaced by his club partner Alexandre Roumat within the group of 34 players gathered this Monday in Marcoussis, had already had to overcome the same injury, contracted on the other knee in February 2023, to return in time and compete in the Global.

Emmanuel Meafou hoped to win a first selection against Ireland.

“It would be a grade 2 sprain of the knee, externally,” added the coach relaying the information transmitted by Stade Toulouse.

And that means a more or less long package, I can't tell you the duration of the unavailability but it is an immediate absence.

»

His replacement should be appointed in the evening.

If we add the absences of Romain Ntamack, convalescing after his left knee operation last August and returning to the field at best the day after the Tournament, of Thibaud Flament, injured in a toe, or of Antoine Dupont who left to live his Olympic dream with the French team at 7, it is a strange hemorrhage coming from Haute-Garonne which the coach is confronted with.

He was also questioned about the decision of his scrum half and captain to leave the French XV this season.

“This is something that we have known for almost two years,” reacted Fabien Galthié.

It is the common will of a player, a federation and a club.

Others, like Damian Penaud, could also have joined the French 7s team with a view to the Olympics but they made another choice.

»

“The elimination was hard for everyone.

We digest and analyze it little by little”

The coach then spoke about this tough return to school, an abrupt dive into the heart of the matter against Ireland three and a half months after the elimination in the quarter-finals of the World Cup by South Africa at the Stade de France (29-28).

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful team, second in the world rankings (France is 4th) which has only lost one match in two years, its quarter-final against New Zealand (28-24 on October 14) , and achieved the Grand Slam in 2023, he listed.

For our part, we only have two defeats in two years.

We have an experience.

We are not starting from scratch.

The challenge is to reconnect the players.

»

Grégory Alldritt said barely more about the French state of mind.

“The elimination was hard for everyone,” underlined the third center line of La Rochelle who then cut for two and a half months before playing again.

We digest and analyze it little by little.

We must use this failure to grow.

» And chase away the first clouds.

Source: leparis

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