Sunday , January 23 2022

XV of France – Fall Holders and Slimani against Fiji, first for Bamba and Marchand


Two changes in the starting line: coach Jacques Brunel started on Thursday Benjamin Fall and Rabah Slimani to face Fiji on Saturday at the end of November's tests at the Stade de France, where Demba Bamba and Julien Marchand, deputies, should know their first choice in Blue.

Fall (29, 13 cap) replaces Maxime Médard, a Saturday victim against Argentina (28-13).
Slimani (29 years old, 49 seats), Who has been in blue seasons, but he called for only November after the Atonio Bin cut at the beginning of the rally, the job right on the right Cedate Gomes Sa.
"Slimani made very satisfy feedback (against Argentina, Ed) It was good in the essential sector (of screen) and more active in the game as it was asked to go. address & # 39;, says Brunel, who stated he had "Continued".
"It was difficult to maintain this continuity and try to involve everyone",
he added.

Three oysters on the bench

Brunel has greatly covered his bench, making five changes: just reserve their place to replace Antoine Dupont, opener Anthony Belleau and Dany Priso left.
Two players appear for the first time: Bamba (20), right pillar world champion under 20 with Blueberry in June, and Marchand runner (23 years old).
Bamba, surprised by the list for the November tests since he played in Pro D2 (Brive) and has only sixteen professional games on the counter, replacing Slimani on the bench.
"The process (result a): came into an environment that it did not know, at a level that it did not know, it was three weeks since it worked as an objection to people familiar with & # 39 ; This level has moved on ", Brunel explained.
"He had to go through that time to pretend to join the team"the coach said, as soon as he announced that Bamba would be happy at the outset as an observer.

Bamba to Montanella's coffin

Bamba will therefore be very likely to become the first second-time player to become internationally French since Franck Montanella (Auch) in June 2007.
Marchand, Toulouse's captain is only 23, replaces him Camille Chat, injured by Brunel by "repetitive problem on the shoulders" he had been dealing with this week and that should take her off the ground during "two or three weeks".
The trainer expects Marchand to show the same thing "quality and personality" just since the beginning of the season in Toulouse.
The staff also wanted to play time during this autumn test series on the second line of Lyon Félix Lambey (24, 1 had) and on the third row of Montpellier Kélian Galletier (age 26, 5). , who did not appear on the score sheet against the Pumas or against South Africa when opens (defeating 29-26).
They replace Paul Gabrillagues and Mathieu Babillot respectively.
The last change on the bench is the presence instead of the Fall center of Geoffrey Doumayrou, a holder against Springboks and out of the group against Argentina due to the tenure of Gael Fickou.

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