Why two changes were made to France’s XV after the incident in Italy

Why two changes were made to France's XV after the incident in Italy

• Because Penard is a king of the air, no longer hurt

After a trip to Scotland in March 2020, athletic Damien Penard (1.92m, 94kg) returned to the starting XV, which ended with the first defeat of the Galtic period (28-17). Despite a stellar performance in Rome for the Racing 92 winger, Clarmontois (24 years, 18 games) sent Teddy Thomas to the bench.

“Teddy Thomas had a great game and he played well. The Damien Penard option fits into a profile that will allow us to be present in the game area, where we think the Irish will take us: corridor combat and air combat. It seems to be available, prepared for this feature. Like Gabin Villier in another category, “Galtic justified.

Outsiders outside ASM want to give up the physical ailments he missed in the 2020 tournament and all the drop tests. The man who started the 2019 World Cup in Japan (France in the quarter-finals) has scored three tries from six of the top 14 games this season.

• Because Anthony Jellonch is a fierce fighter in Rex

Nineteen tackles against Italy (36-5) at the end of November were N.8. Flanker replaces England (22-19 defeat) in the final of the Autumn Cup of Nations in early December. The 24-year-old Gerzois (1.93m, 105kg) was a great satisfaction to the B team, which was forced and forced by Fabian Galtic at the end of the autumn tour.

So it’s no surprise that he was spotted in Rome last weekend by a 23-man squad, in the absence of the embarrassing Franois Cross right leg. If Dylan Cretin is set to replace Toulouse, Jellon will feature in the opening XV this time around, honoring the sixth choice. “Dylan performed everywhere we expected him to, but Jellonch has the ability to” fight harder and intensify (() this, which is more difficult and more intense, “Galtic said.

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Jellonch also has a scratchy profile, which helps the blues recover the balls in the Rex. An area that has always been neglected in Rome.

In the third line, Scoom-half finds Antoine DuPont, along with Castres and Och, who previously played for him at a club. After seven seasons at Castres, Jellonch will join ninth in the Stade Toulouse next season.

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