l’essentiel Fabien Galthié a annoncé mardi 12 septembre, le nom des 23 joueurs qui affronteront l’Uruguay, jeudi lors du deuxième match de poule de l’équipe de France. Avec douze changements par rapport au XV de départ face à la Nouvelle-Zélande.
It is not surprising that Fabien Galthié and the coaching staff of the French XV have chosen to field a significantly revamped team against Uruguay for their second pool match (Thursday, September 14th at 9 PM). This lineup also marks the triumphant return of Anthony Jelonch from Gers, who will be playing as a flanker. As a symbolic gesture, he will even wear the captain’s armband.
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The player from Stade Toulousain suffered a serious injury seven months ago (anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the knee). And at that time, very few would have bet that he would be able to recover in time to participate in the World Cup. However, here is Jelonch back for the second group stage match, after an impressive race against time in which he impressed everyone, from his team to the surgeon in charge of his recovery.
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Other notable changes for the Blues include Maxime Lucu starting in place of Antoine Dupont, who is being rested, and Hastoy playing at fly-half. In total, there will be seven players from Stade Toulousain wearing the blue jersey on Thursday. Three of them will be starters (Jelonch, Aldegheri, and Jaminet), while Mauvaka, Flament, Cros, and Ramos will be substitutes.
Only three of them continue after starting against the All-Blacks in the opening match. Cameron Woki, Gabien Villière, and Yoram Moefana.
Le XV de France pour affronter l’Uruguay : Jaminet ; Bielle-Biarrey, Vincent, Moefana, Villière (o) Hastoy, (m) Lucu ; Jelonch (cap), Macalou, Boudehent ; Taofifenua, Woki ; Aldegheri, Bourgarit, Gros.
Rempl : Mauvaka, Wardi, Falatea, Chalureau, Flament, Cros, Couilloud, Ramos.