Fabien Galthie and his staff chained the training courses and the preparation matches during the month of August before the announcement of the final list. 33 players will be selected for this World Cup in France which will begin on September 8 against New Zealand. 33 is therefore 9 players less than the current list and the last choices will be validated after the matches against Scotland and Fiji. There are a few questions, especially about the injured like Anthony Jelonch. Injured in the ligament since the 6 Nations Tournament, the third row hopes to be part of the adventure in a few weeks.
The places will be very expensive and there will inevitably be disappointed in this pre-list of 42. But Laurent Labit explained it at a press conference, you shouldn’t look too good before the final announcement. “When we know that something is acquired, we tend to rest, we do not pull the team up. We have players who come with a lot of appetite, some do not have a selection, they have want to play but, as I said, they have to come and get their selection.”
For the coach of the France team, this list is a “non-event”. “We are quite clear on this vision. We do not play on ambiguity. We assume our reading, our work. Everything is possible. Of these 42, 33 names will be announced on August 21. But this is not an end , not a cut. If you look closely at all the World Cups, there are always events happening that you can’t imagine today, but we know that there will be changes related to injuries. This list of 33 is therefore not an end in itself, this list of 33. The nine players have a strong chance of returning to the World Cup. They even have a chance to watch it in their armchair and play the final as a starter… “You will have to be at the level to be in the thirty-three” To know this famous list of Fabien Galthié, go to the JT at 1 p.m., Monday August 21.
The list of 42
- Left pillars : Cyril Baille (Toulouse), Jean-Baptiste Gros (Toulon), Reda Wardi (La Rochelle).
- hookers : Pierre Bourgarit (La Rochelle), Julien Marchand (Toulouse), Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse).
- Straight pillars: Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Dorian Aldegheri (Toulouse), Thomas Laclayat (Oyonnax, future Racing), Demba Bamba (Lyon).
- Second lines : Bastien Chalureau (Montpellier), Thibaud Flament (Toulouse), Romain Taofifenua (Lyon), Paul Willemse (Montpellier), Cameron Woki (Racing), Florian Verhaeghe (Montpellier).
- Third lines: Grégory Alldritt (La Rochelle), Paul Boudehent (La Rochelle), François Cros (Toulouse), Sekou Macalou (French Stadium), Charles Ollivon (Toulon), Yoan Tanga (La Rochelle), Dylan Cretin (Lyon).
- Scrum half: Antoine Dupont (Toulouse), Maxime Lucu (Bordeaux-Bègles), Baptiste Couilloud (Lyon), Baptiste Serin (Toulon).
- Fly-half: Antoine Hastoy (La Rochelle), Matthieu Jalibert (Bordeaux-Bègles), Romain Ntamack (Toulouse).
- Centers: Jonathan Danty (La Rochelle), Gael Fickou (Racing), Yoram Moefana (Bordeaux-Bègles), Emilien Gailleton (Pau), Arthur Vincent (Montpellier).
- Wingers: Louis Bielle-Biarrey (Bordeaux-Bègles), Ethan Dumortier (Lyon), Damian Penaud (Clermont, future Bordeaux-Bègles), Gabin Villière (Toulon).
- Rears: Brice Dulin (La Rochelle), Melvyn Jaminet (Toulouse), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse).
A big program before the World Cup
On the ground, the staff of the Blues organized three training courses. The first gathering took place from July 3 to 14 in Monaco, followed by a second at the CNR of Marcoussis from July 24 to August 3 before leaving from August 7 to 25 in Seignosse (Landes) in what will be its base camp. for the World Cup. Finally, the French team will play four friendly matches during the month of August: twice against Scotland, in Edinburgh on the 5th and in Saint-Étienne on the 12th; then against the Fiji Islands, on the 19th, in Nantes, before ending the journey with the reception of Australia, on the 26th, at the Stade de France.