World Cup 2023. What if France XV used the All Blacks strategy at the World Cup?

World Cup 2023. What if France XV used the All Blacks strategy at the World Cup?

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France’s XV and the All Blacks should follow the same strategy in the opening match of the 2023 World Cup (© Icon Sport)

The number 10 and full-back able to tackle as the first striker to complete his opening goal Two game designers in the field thanks No. 15 is versatile It is a strategy used by Fabian Galthi and his staff. Developed by all blacks The tactic is still in play today around Richie Monga and Boden Barrett, and he should be an asset to France’s XV during the World Cup.

A classic for all blacks

in New Zealand, player ingenuity he classic. Not surprisingly, some fly-half players play at full-back, and vice versa. A phenomenon made possible among other things thanks to the work of individual technique since childhood. For several years, the All Blacks have regularly used this variety to play two No. 10s on the field.

During the 2019 Rugby Championship, just before the World Cup, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen decided on the position Richie Monga at No. 10 and moving Bowden Barrett at 15. Even if the chemistry doesn’t necessarily work out, the All Blacks’ new manager, Ian Foster, regularly decides to stick with this strategy. today is Favorite tactic by New Zealand staff.

Jalibert-Ramos: two numbers 10

XV of France is choosing this option more and more with The ingenuity of Thomas Ramos. We can see it again during the recent friendly match against Australia (41-17). Positioned at the back, Toulouse came on regularly Substitute Mathieu Jalibert In the stages of playing with the free foot or in the attack. Fabian Galte takes over this tactical choice entirely by having two opening goals on the ground.

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This repositioning process is progressing opportunities within the game On the offensive and create uncertainty. Coming from the third curtain, the back has and can see better holes in the opposition defense create danger In the line of attack. He can also transition his game to the attacking foot.

Full-back Thomas Ramos and player Mathieu Jalibert are at the heart of the French XV's strategy to play with two numbers 10.
Full-back Thomas Ramos and player Mathieu Jalibert are at the heart of the French XV’s strategy to play with two numbers 10. (© Icon Sport)

The direction of the 2023 World Cup?

This trend of playing with two numbers out of 10 is not new. It has already been applied with second fifth eighth : the number 12 is used as the second overture. As such there were several examples: Johnny Wilkinson – Mike Cat, Stephen Larkham – Matt Guiteau or Dan Carter – Luke McAllister.

Today, it is no longer the number 12 that is used but the number 15. Many countries have sometimes decided to put a professional opening half at the back of the field. This is particularly the case in South Africa with Damien Willemseyfrom England with Marcus Smith or from Italy with Tommaso Alan.

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Will this trend prevail or will it remain accurate? In any case, it is a strategic choice that France and the All Blacks must make during the opening match of the World Cup on September 8 at Stade de France.

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