Rugby World Cup 2023 / French XV – Namibia – The composition of the Blues: Grégory Alldritt last minute withdrawal, Jonathan Danty and Cyril Baille return

Fabien Galthié revealed the composition of the French XV for the 3rd match against Namibia. Cyril Baille and Jonathan Danty will make their return, while the young Louis Bielle-Biarrey continues as a starter in place of Gabin Villière. The third line center Grégory Alldritt is withdrawn at the last minute.

Fabien Galthié brings out the heavy artillery! For the third match of the French XV in this World Cup, the coach revealed a typical team composition to face modest Namibia, Thursday in Marseille at (9 p.m.). The famous “premium” players are back after being rested against Uruguay. Cyril Baille, injured calf since August 14 after the success against Scotland in preparation, will start as left pillar and will make his big debut in this 2023 World Cup, alongside Peato Mauvaka and Uini Atonio on the front line.

Same thing for Jonathan Danty, affected by hamstrings against Australia, and spared since the start of the competition. The Rochelais is lined up from the start by Fabien Galthié and will compose the pair of centers with Gaël Fickou. Finally, the third main information in this composition concerns the tenure of Louis Bielle-Biarrey on the wing. The young Bordeaux-Bèglais takes the place of Gabin Villière who started the first two matches against the All Blacks et l’Uruguay. The youngest French international in the World Cup will have a big playing card for the rest of the competition.

A third line still incomplete

This meeting was to mark the return of the impressive third line Jelonch – Ollivon – Alldritt who won the 2022 grand slam together, and who was a starter in the coach’s mind until the Toulouse player’s serious injury last winter. But, in the last moments, the third center line of Stade Rochelais Grégory Alldritt had to withdraw and will therefore not take part in the match, due to a knee injury. He is replaced numerically by François Cros who will start the match on the wing of the third line.

For his part, Jelonch will therefore have a second meeting after his return match against Uruguay. This time he will leave the role of captain to Antoine Dupont, who finds his place in the fray. He will be associated with Matthieu Jalibert. On the replacement side, the French staff decided on a “5-3” bench, that is to say five forwards and three three-quarters. If the presences of Pierre BourgaritReda Wardi, Dorian Aldegheri or Romain Don’t hesitate are not surprising, it should be noted that Fabien Galthié once again gives his confidence to Paul Boudehent in place of Sekou Macalou.

As a reminder, the French settled in Aix-en-Provence and will play at the Vélodrome de Marseille on Thursday at 9 p.m.

France’s XV against Namibia : 15. Ramos; 14. Penaud, 13. Fickou, 12. Danty, 11. Bielle-Biarrey; 10. Jalibert, 9. Dupont (cap); 7. Ollivon, 8. Jelonch, 6. Cros; 5. Flament, 4. Woki; 3. Atonio, 2. Mauvaka, 1. Yawn.

The replacements : 16. Bourgarit, 17. Wardi, 18. Aldegheri19. Taofifenua, 20. Boudehent, 21. Couilloud, 22. Moefana, 23. Jaminet

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