Blues have the same XV as Italy, with François Kroos back on the bench



Despite a poor performance in Rome, France XV staff updated the same starting XI for Saturday’s game in Dublin.

Continuity as a key word. The staff, orchestrated by Fabien Galthié, decided to take on Ireland on their soil with the same starting team in Italy on Thursday 9 February (29-24 win) and Saturday 11 February at 3.15pm (received The next games are France 2 and France TV). Therefore, the average copy provided by Captain Antoine Dupont’s troops has no direct effect on the starting team.

Winger Ethan Dumotier was christened in the blue at Roma and took advantage of Garbin Villiers’ replacement. In the absence of Cameron Woukee, Willem Flemish were quiet in the second tier. The non-removable Dupont-Ntamack hinge thus remains in place, as Thomas Ramos still prefers Melvyn Jaminet at the back. The former Usap player isn’t even among the group of “finishers” you have to turn to to see change.

“us We have full confidence in the players who have improved together over the past three years. “Fabien Galthié explained at a press conference. “We renewed because of the number one [….]the target has been achieved”he went on to mention Rome’s bonus win.

come back in a year

A key figure for the 2022 Grand Slam, but with a knee injury for months, third-tier François Kroos returns to the group for the first time in 11 months. He knows the team and the international level very well, which is very important for us. “Galti recalled. Cros replaced Thomas Lavault numerically, with Romain Taofifenua the only second-tier off the bench.

Roma’s 24th man suffered a neck injury and Baptiste Cuyo came off the bench in place of Nolan le Garrec at half-time in the scrum. Note the new presence of Sekou Macalou, who can alternate between third line and wing in a “hybrid” role.

Starting XV: Bayeux, Marchand, Atonio Flemish, Williams Geronhe, Oliver, Aldrette Dupont (male), Entamark (external line) – Dumotier, Mofana, Ficu, Peno Ramos

Subs: Vardy, Balotte, Faratea, Taufifenua, Kroos, Makalu, Cuyo, Jalibel


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