XV OF FRANCE – This Wednesday afternoon, for the first high intensity training of the Blues in Capbreton, it is Thomas Ramos who wears the number 15 in the back. Letting think that he has a head start on his Toulouse partner Melvyn Jaminet.
This is the main question, for weeks, concerning the composition of the French team which will start the 6 Nations Tournament on February 5 in Italy: Thomas Ramos or Melvyn Jaminet at the back? While the second named (holder since the summer of 2021) was injured in the fall, his Toulouse partner was royal against Australia, South Africa and Japan. What clearly blur the tracks While the former Catalan is this time available. Although Ramos has not played in an official match since December 18, after receiving a five-week suspension which ended Sunday evening, it is he who wears number 15 this Wednesday afternoon, for the first high intensity training of the Blues in training in Capbreton.
The trend is confirmed for Dumortier
Does that mean Ramos is one step ahead of Jaminet? It looks like it, especially since Fabien Galthie indicated that he wished to speak “of repossession rather than dispossession”, concerning the game of the Habs on this Tournament. Therefore, the qualities of raiser and leader of the person concerned, facing the right foot of Jaminet by the coach as “the longest and highest on the international circuit”, can obviously be valuable. Jaminet thus donned the flocked tunic of 23. Among the substitutes, Matthieu Jalibert also wore 22, while number 10 was still on the back of Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack.
Rear, the surprise seems to come from the winger of Lou, Ethan Dumortiertop try scorer in the Top 14, although the trend was already emerging. In the absence of Gabin Villière, who should resume with Toulon this weekend and can hope to join the group on Monday in Capbreton, it is he who is aligned with the holders. This to the detriment of Toulouse Matthis Lebel. The Lyonnais therefore also benefits, and as expected, from the replacement of Bordeaux player Yoram Moeafana in the center, alongside Gaël Fickou. Scrum half and captain of the Blues Antoine Dupont obviously forms the hinge with his Toulouse friend. Note that the number 9 of Montpellier, Leo Colywill be absent for a month.
Atonio preserved, Flament in 4
Up front, it’s more of a classic compared to the November tour. It should however be emphasized that the straight pillar Uini Atonio, who was coming back from a knee injury last Saturday at Northampton, was preserved for today’s session. But there is no doubt that the Rochelais remains the number one choice of the staff in his position. In the meantime, the Bordeaux Sipili Falatea operates with the holders, forming the First line with the people of Toulouse Cyril Baille and Julien Marchand. On the other hand, there remained a little stranger in the cage: who for accompany Paul Willemse second line? Cameron Woki injured, Thibaud Flament was the big favourite.
This Wednesday’s session confirms this since the Toulousain wears number 4 well, he who also returned from injury (ischios) on Sunday against Munster, after a month of absence. In the third row, his teammate François Cros – also returned after his knee operation – does not seem to have (yet?) shaken up the fall hierarchy. Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon and Grégory Alldritt are partners. Finally, among the substitutes, if Castres hooker Gaëtan Barlot logically wears 16 with Peato Mauvaka’s package, it is Toulon’s left pillar Dany Priso who has donned 17, and not Rochelais Reda Wardi. Case(s) to follow…
The composition of the Blues in Capbreton
The starting XV : 15. Ramos; 14. Penaud, 13. Moefana, 12. Fickou, 11. Dumortier; 10.Ntamack, 9.Dupont; 7. Ollivon, 8. Alldritt, 6. Jelonch; 5. Willemse, 4. Flamen; 3. Falatea, 2. Merchant, 1. Yawn.