Yoan Tanga: The Blues’ new UFO

Accredited with 19 tackles and author of a successful performance, the third center line, which celebrated its first selection with the XV of France, showed part of its potential against Japan. If he confirmed it during the second test, he could well settle among the aspirants to the World Cup.

Remember. Prior to the 2021 summer tour of Australia, XV France coach Fabien Galthié had mentioned the possible appearance of UFOs in the blue sky of France XV. A prognosis, like Madame Irma, which turned out to be very accurate.

An example? Melvyn Jaminet has never left the French national team even though before flying to the Wallabies he had never tasted the Top 14, let alone internationally. A year later, during a tour described as a “laboratory” by the tricolor leader, Yoan Tanga showed, during this first test-match and for his first selection, good dispositions to follow in the footsteps of the Catalan. Its performance in the humid and stifling heat of Toyota did not cease to challenge. On the contrary.

First, on the defensive. The Racingman was credited with 19 tackles. The figure is not negligible, especially since only one was lost. Back then he often played clean. Bondy’s natural, like a certain Kylian Mbappé, was mobile, aggressive and made up for his relative lack of power with an obvious ability to play the “weak shoulder” of his opponents. It is true that he was discreet at the beginning of the meeting. Perhaps he was a little inhibited by the pressure inherent in a first term with the shirt hitting the pan on the chest. Logical, necessarily logical.

Galthié: “In line with his match with the Barbarians, he is a very interesting player”

But Yoan Tanga is not a man to give up. The third center line has been able to gain momentum over the minutes, to achieve a successful performance. ” He was in line with his party with the British barbarians, against England, declared after the victory Fabien Galthié. He showed the same qualities, he is a very interesting player. »

A player who has certainly scored points, although the starter, Rochelais Grégory Alldritt not selected to let him breathe after an exhausting season, is undoubtedly the starter in the mind of the French coaching staff. It prevents. Thong is on the line of high-potential players the coach wants to trust.

On this subject, if the performance of the Racingman seduced is also because he did not discover the universe of the blues in Japan. During the last 6 Nations Tournament he had already been called up to the French group without ever being able to present himself, a situation that allowed him to become familiar with the game system, and as an intelligent and calm boy, absorb expectations. .

In addition, Galthié had selected him to play the match of the British barbarians against England. Here is what he said after this meeting in Twickenham: He had a very good season with Racing. We were able to select him with the Barbarians, which was an intense week of work. Yoan was very efficient during the week, with 80 minutes of very high level in the number 8 position when we were more than half at fourteen… ”

Travers: “Like President Lorenzetti’s wine, it’s ripening”

Yoan Tanga seems to delve a little deeper into his game every day. It still has little waste to erase, Rochelais was told by his former Racing 92 coach Laurent Travers. But like President Lorenzetti’s wine, it’s ripening. We will make sure it is very good and that we can taste it quickly this season. »

This transformation, due to a better knowledge of his position, he who not long ago was still considered multifaceted within a third line. But not only. The latter admitted to having made some efforts in his diet until he lost three kilos since his arrival three years ago in the Hauts-de-Seine. ” I just stopped calling Uber Eats after practice.he said in April in those columns.

And he added: The little pancake at snack time was my weakness … “ Efforts that could bear fruit and allow him to share the cake of the 2023 World Cup with his new partners.

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