Despite a frustrating last performance, the XV of France achieved its grand grand slam, winning all ten games of the season, continuing to break all glass ceilings by settling for the first time at the top of the world rugby rankings.
The XV of France has made the perfect season: ten victories in ten days. It is therefore worth standing up and applauding with both hands, while already salivating to find his blues in November to try to break this record of consecutive victories in the entire history of French rugby that have just equaled the country. ground. A record dating back to the 1930s when France was no longer invited to participate in the Tournament with British nations. He had therefore amassed success against Germany, Italy and Romania. Without wanting to offend historians, the ten achievements achieved in 2021-2022 have a much greater flavor, with exceptional success against New Zealand in November before winning the 6 Nations Tournament in the winter. French rugby is riding an incredible wave after reaching the alert rankings over the previous decade.
The genesis of this incredible season does not date from the first success against Argentina on November 6. Without a doubt, we must return to the summer tour in Australia where the Blues, deprived of many executives, had achieved a victory, the first on Australian soil against the Wallabies since 1990. Attractive, striking (defeated by two points in Australia ). the last second during the first test and surpassed by three points to conclude the tour), the young blues had terribly confused the cards and had offered a new depth of squad to the squad of the XV of France.
They are breaking all the glass ceilings
Finding his troops for the November tour, Fabien Galthié had to solve several equations: to integrate in his fifteenth title the big winners of the trip to Australia (Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, Jonathan Danty and, of course, Melvyn Jaminet ), and close the debate. in the opening position. The first two games of the season against Argentina and Georgia allowed to multiply the rehearsals, the associations, trying to adapt to the new rules. Thus, the staff tried to associate Jalibert and Ntamack by placing the latter in the center, before making a final decision. Also, Anthony Jelonch started at eight before slipping to make way for Grégory Alldritt. Finally, Fabien Galthié opened up new perspectives for Cameron Woki by placing him in the second row. Facing the All Blacks, for the third game of the season, the coach held his team. holder of a capital feat, thus sealing a plinth for the coming months. Only a “tactical” change was made for the start of the tournament with the presence of Dylan Cretin replacing François Cros against Italy. Throughout the Tournament, Fabien Galthié relied on this continuity, making only a few alterations depending on the injuries. Only seventeen players have started in the five games that bring these blues to the Grand Slam.
Substitutes for this winter epic, ghosts and new aspirants took over brilliantly in Japan to offer a year without any false note to this XV of France that has not stopped breaking its glass ceilings since the arrival of Fabien Galthié at its head. In 2020, the Blues won for the first time in Wales since 2010, In 2021, they would defeat Ireland for the first time at Aviva Stadium since 2011. In 2022 they won the 6 Nations Tournament winning the Grand Slam for for the first time since 2011. And these two successes in Japan allow France to rise for the first time in its history to the first step of the World Rugby ranking since its creation in 2003. These blues make up for lost time in a dizzying speed, ticking. a whole series of firsts and records, with the aim of achieving the first first in French rugby: lifting the Webb-Ellis trophy in 2023.