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Six Nations Tournament: Matthieu Jalibert, the opener of the French XV, absent for around six weeks

2024-02-26T16:33:49.131Z

Highlights: Matthieu Jalibert, the opener of the French XV, will be absent for around six weeks. The fly-half will miss the Blues' last two matches in the Six Nations Tournament, against Wales on March 10 and against England on the 16th. The 25-year-old came out in the 37th minute of the match against the Transalpins, two minutes after having suffered a harsh tackle. He is already taking advantage of the absence of Romain Ntamack, victim of a cruciate ligament rupture.


Coming out injured during the first half of the Blues against Italy on Sunday (13-13), the Bordeaux player should miss six weeks of competition


The French XV may not have been defeated by Italy on Sunday at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium, but they lost big.

First, he showed very little and would have deserved to lose (13-13).

Then, a new injury hits Fabien Galthié's group: that of Matthieu Jalibert.

As announced by L'Équipe this Monday, the 25-year-old fly-half is expected to miss around six weeks of competition.

The Bordeaux player came out in the 37th minute of the match against the Transalpins, two minutes after having suffered a harsh tackle.

The medial lateral ligament of the left knee would be affected.

The fly-half will miss the Blues' last two matches in the Six Nations Tournament, against Wales on March 10 and against England on the 16th.

Who to take his place?

The Union Bordeaux-Bègles player is already taking advantage of the absence of Romain Ntamack, victim of a cruciate ligament rupture against Scotland in August, to occupy the starting position.

During his outing on Sunday against Italy, he was replaced by Yoram Moefana.

This had led to a tactical upheaval in the organization of the XV of France.

The newcomer had taken his place on the wing, Matthis Lebel had moved back to the back and Thomas Ramos had placed himself as fly-half.

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Without Matthieu Jalibert, Fabien Galthié may have to call on the third opener in the French hierarchy.

This is Antoine Gibert, player of Racing 92. Against the Italians, the Blues had to do without their captain, third row Grégory Alldritt.

The Stade Rochelais player was injured against Scotland on February 10.

Source: leparis

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