The XV of France meets, this Saturday morning (7.45 am) in Tokyo, the Japanese for their last game of the international season.
Where to watch the first test match of the blues?
As for the first test match of the XV Tour de France in Japan, it is TF1 that will broadcast the second match between the Japanese and the Blues. A meeting commented by François Trillo and Benjamin Kayser. Early departure, scheduled for 7:45 p.m. This match will also be followed live with comments Sports Le Figaro .
A team with almost no changes
After the first conclusive test match (42-23), Fabien Galthié and his squad decided to continue by lining up 14 of the 15 starters present last week. The package, led by Captain Charles Ollivon, is thus renewed in its entirety, as is the hinge of the UBB, Maxime Lucu-Matthieu Jalibert. Uncertain time, his teammate at Bordeaux-Bègles, Yoram Moefana, will take his place in the center of the attack, alongside Virimi Vakatawa.
Composition XV of France:
Primavera – Penaud, Moefana, Vakatawa, Lebel – (o) Jalibert, (m) Lucu – Ollivon (cap.), Tanga, Cretin – Jolmes, Flament – Bamba, Mauvaka, Gros
Substitutes : Bourgarit, Priso, Falatea, Lavault, Diallo, Macalou, Couilloud, Hastoy.
The phenomenon of spring
The only small novelty in the composition of the Blues comes from the first term of the young Max Spring behind (21 years). A phenomenon of precocity, it has exploded at the highest level this season in Racing 92, despite the ultra tough competition. “It is a rough diamond, which needs to be polished. He still needs to work but rugby was born, he lives rugby. It’s more than a passion: he really likes this sport, he really likes this game“, Emphasizes Laurent Travers, its manager in the Hauts-de-Seine. Fabien Galthié’s squad did not hesitate to change their habits: Melvyn Jaminet had just chained twelve consecutive terms in the back, the last during the first test. It is up to the young number 15 of Altosequan to seize his opportunity and shake the hierarchy a year before the World Cup in France.
What to expect from the Japanese?
Last week, the Brave Blossoms competed in the half with the Blues (13-13 at halftime), before exploding on their way back from the locker room and conceding four tries. Although the Japanese do not have the efficiency and strength of blow that they had during “their” World Cup of 2019, they still tried to impose rhythm and long game sequences … And their intentions this Saturday? Fabien Galthié expects them to change course. “They will certainly offer more dispossession, which is more like European rugby“, advances the tricolor technician, who”he hopes they offer more balance in their game. His DNA is still to carry a lot of the ball in front of the defensive line.From here to doubt Charles Ollivon’s troops?
A record series for history
Last week, the Blues had managed to sign a ninth straight victory, a better one than their glorious predecessors in 1998, 2001-2002 and 2004. But we have to go back a long way in the annals to find traces of the record of consecutive victories. of the English: between 1931 and 1937 they had won ten games in a row, but with eight victories over … Germany. This Saturday, Fabien Galthié’s Habs can match this record against Japan. And they will try to continue their momentum, in November, against Australia, South Africa and again Japan. For now, all the players and staff repeat that they ignore this record story. Really?
Sixteen players will not have played
To choose is to give up. Deciding not to disturb his team for the second test, Fabien Galthié and his staff made people unhappy. Of the 41 players who made the trip to Japan, sixteen will not have played a single minute of play. Forwards include Matthias Haddad (La Rochelle), Thomas Laclayat (Oyonnax), Matis Perchaud (Bayonne), Rémi Piquette (La Rochelle), Swan Rebbadj (Toulon), Christopher Tolofua (Toulon), Bastien Vergnes-Taillefer (UBB ) and Rémy Baget (Bayonne). Substitute for the second test, Ibrahim Diallo (Racing 92) could also be part of this group if he does not come into play. Behind, Romain Buros (UBB), Louis Carbonel (Montpellier), Jules Favre (La Rochelle), Nolann Le Garrec (Racing 92), Louis Lebrun (Castres), Aymeric Luc (Toulon), Enzo Reybier (Oyonnax) and Tani Vili (UBB) did not play against the Japanese.
“We were tempted to turn around. The players have come to work with us for three or even four weeks and will not have the opportunity to wear the shirt, explained Fabien Galthié. I hope this doubles their motivation, their vision of their career in the short and medium term, the demand as well, and that it makes them want to come back, that they believe in themselves. We can say that we opened up the team a lot to other potentials.And to conclude: “They didn’t wear the shirt but they didn’t waste time.”