These are the five reference matches that built the Blues in their conquest of the Six Nations Championship

These are the five reference matches that built the Blues in their conquest of the Six Nations Championship

He wanted to make France a major rugby country again. Win matches and titles. A little more than two years after arriving in the guise of general coach, with Rafael Ibánez as manager, Fabian Galletti won his first French title for the fifteenth, on Saturday 19 March, by achieving the Grand Slam after beating England (25-13).

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February 2020: Memorandum of Association between France and England

For the first match of their term, Fabian Gallith and his companion started with a heavy hand. Reaching the finals in Japan a few months ago, she’s a confident XV de la Rose and brilliantly cornered by Eddie Jones who’s moving to France. Moreover, in the face of a rejuvenated French team, the man with a cunning smile declares that he wants He put these young players to the test because they have never faced the cruelty and physical brutality that we will be playing with on Sunday.”

Among the young players that Jones spoke of were the U-20 world champions Demba Bamba, Cameron Walke and Arthur Vincent. Also at the beginning of the fifteenth appeared two surprises, not yet cataloged from UFOs: Muhammad Hawass and Anthony Potheer. All led by Captain Charles Olivon, who was expected a few months before an early end to his career due to injury.

Captain Charles Olivon congratulates his second streak Bernard Le Roux after beating England, February 2, 2020 at the Stade de France.  (Martin Borough/AFP)

However, in the meadow, beginners do not have an inferiority complex and start strong with a victory (24-17) without fear or complication. Having been accustomed to cheering defeats, the French public discover exciting victories. Others will follow very quickly.

February 2020: Wales and France, a success ripening

Ten years without a win in Cardiff. And the end of scarcity. Intercept from Romain Ntamack, unexpected return from Arthur Vincent and decisive scratch from Camille Chat. The end of the match against Wales, on the grass at the Millennium Stadium, is as stressful as it is happy. In their last game in the pre-Covid era, the Blues struck by defeating the Grand Slam winner (23-27). Still inexperienced but over-motivated, the young French team managed to beat the winning Welsh machine.

Then using robbery, to better surprise their opponents on the counter, the French were accurate in attack, scoring three attempts that day by Beauthier, Willemsee and Netamack. Above all, in a frenetic atmosphere, they show that they are united and united. As is often the case, in pain France stresses. After three wins in three matches, it seems all hopes are open to winning the championship or better, by signing for a Grand Slam. Nothing will be final due to the defeat to Scotland in the next match.

February 2021: Ireland and France, guaranteed defense

Prior to the victory over the All Blacks, this success in Ireland (13-15) for a long time was the reference match for the Galthié era. With 176 interventions that day, Charles Olivon’s teammates made the first show of Iron Defense, who had now trained for a year under English strategist Sean Edwards.

“It’s a game we could have lost last year, but we see we’re improving game by game, it’s great. We can always smooth out the matches, that’s why we’ll keep working, see where we can improve. He keeps the four points It’s been a while since France won here. (Decade)

Following this defeat, the XV of Clover would follow a streak of nine wins before losing again to XV of France, in the 2022 edition of the Six Nations Championship.

June 2021: Australia and France first win in the hemisphere

This tour of Australia, the band’s first tour in Galthié in the Southern Hemisphere, due to take place at the same time as the Top 14 final, doesn’t seem to be under any better sponsorship. Of course, the finalists from Toulouse and La Rochelle are absent, as are some executives tired of a grueling season. In the end, there is a good group of starters who have presented themselves in Australia, where France has not won in 31 years.

Third international midfielder Anthony Gillonch, knees to the floor, lets his joy explode after France's 15th win in Australia (28-26), July 13, 2021 (WILLIAM WEST / AFP)

A hair passed, and a successful pass, for a victory in the first test match, the Tricolores retaliated in the next match (win 26-28). The fifteenth of France with his second and third knives proves that he is once again able to establish himself in the southern hemisphere. Defeat, in short again, in the beautiful does not change a thing. Whether it is duplicated, duplicated or completed, this French team wins. And France discovers on this occasion a back-scorer: Melvin Jaminette, who then develops into ProD2.

November 2021: France and New Zealand, the best against the best

“Becoming all black changes a man”, He had warned Rafael Ibanez and Fabian Galthe before the last meeting of the Fall Tour. It changes the reputation of the team. Until then, promising and making great victories against the best European countries and Australia, France was now able to conquer the best country in the world. And by the way (40-25). In the Stade de France boiling like never before, Antoine Dupont and his family signed a show of strength that day.

Back to the great XV victory for France on an unforgettable evening against New Zealand!

First at the start of the match, with the start of a bang. Then in the second half, after he suffered from the awakening of the New Zealand force and helped it well in recovering from inside the goal through Roman Ntamak. In the end, the Blues pass 40 points to New Zealand and assure that we must count on them now.

March 2022: France-England, victory to bridge the ring

Twelve years have passed since France’s fifteenth has not won a title. On Saturday 19 March, at the Stade de France, just over two years after the first victory of the Galtet era, Eddie Jones’ English were still in the opposite direction. Sometimes the last step is the hardest. Despite the two defeats around the clock, England caused a lot of trouble for the Blues. Between his aggressiveness in the close-up game, his pressure or displacement kicks, it made XV of the Rose question the blues.

But at the time of closing, the French, unlike many of their elders, did not crack. Two years after finishing second in the tournament, France has advanced significantly. Grand Slam tournament, first since 2010, first title in twelve years, teammates of Antoine Dupont, who is still a crucial scorer, invited themselves to join the major leagues.

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