Back to the field for the Blues. Teddy Thomas (Racing 92) and Vincent Rattez (Montpellier) will start in the wings, announced Thursday the coach of the XV of France Fabien Galthié, two days before the match of the Blues against Wales.
France will play their first meeting in more than seven months and a loss in Scotland. The opposition against the XV of Leek will serve as a preparation match for the shock against Ireland, on the 31st, at the end of the 2020 Six Nations Tournament.
A 100% Toulouse hinge
Injured against Italy (35-22) in the second match, Vincent Rattez (28 years old, 5 caps), will therefore find his place in the wing, just like Teddy Thomas (27 years old, 19 caps), who was not not in Scotland (28-17), for the last match.
The hinge remains 100% Toulouse, with Antoine Dupont in the fray (23 years old, 24 caps) and Romain Ntamack (21 years old, 16 caps) at the opening.
Charles Ollivon (27 years old, 15 caps), in third row, will wear the captain’s armband, while the revelation of the last Tournament, Anthony Bouthier (28 years old, 4 caps), will appear at the back, when the inexhaustible Bernard Le Roux (31 years old, 41 caps), fresh finalist in the European Cup with Racing 92, will occupy the second row.
Bouthier – Thomas, Vakatawa, Fickou, Rattez – (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont – Ollivon (cap.), Alldritt, Cros – Willemse, Le Roux – Haouas, Marchand, Baille
Replacements: Gros, Chat, Bamba, Taofifenua, Cretin, Serin, Vincent, Ramos
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