Fabien Galthié, the coach of the Blues, called a group of 28 players, quite close to the one who dominated Ireland (35-27), on Saturday on the last day of the Six Nations Tournament, to face Fiji , November 15 in Vannes (Morbihan), first meeting of the Autumn Nations Cup. The Habs, returned home Sunday, are expected this Thursday in Marcoussis (Essonne).
Six players make their entry: Dorian Aldegheri, Teddy Baubigny, Cyril Cazeaux, Cameron Woki, Baptiste Couilloud and Julien Delbouis. Nine came out: Georges-Henri Colombe, Peato Mauvaka, Killian Geraci, Baptiste Pesenti, Anthony Jelonch, François Cros, Baptiste Serin, Matthieu Jalibert and Olivier Klemenczak.
The holding of the match is however threatened by the Covid-19 epidemic which is raging in the ranks of players in the Pacific. Six members of the Fijian delegation, which is currently preparing in Limoges, contracted the virus. “Three members of the team’s entourage have tested positive and placed in solitary confinement,” said the Fijian federation. Three other players are in isolation at their homes. Tests passed on Monday will determine whether the spread of the virus will lead to the game being canceled.
The Fijians have set up a health protocol for training, emphasizing land work, physical preparation and individual technique.
Last appearance in blue this fall
Faced with them, Fabien Galthié more or less returned the winners of Ireland and Wales (38-21), in a friendly, a week earlier at the Stade de France also. Ollivon, Dupont, Ntamack, Alldritt and their partners who will be listed on the scoresheet will make their last appearance in blue this fall, as has been decided between the French Federation and the National League. The trip to Scotland, the reception of Italy, and the classification match, the next three weekends, will be played with other players. Unless France – Fiji does not take place. Which could reshuffle the cards.
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