XV of France: Star Academy, Koh-Lanta… The locker room responds to Galthié

The French XV is preparing to face Italy for its third match of the 6 Nations Tournament. On the sidelines of this match, Charles Ollivon wanted to send a message to Fabien Galthié. The third row notably returned to the punchline of his coach, who had compared certain aspects of rugby to Koh-Lanta, or the Star Academy.

Facing theItalythe XV of France is obliged to win if he does not want to say goodbye to his hopes of victory during this 6 Nations Tournament. Fabien Galthié decided not to make too many changes in its composition, despite the first two complicated matches of its players, against theIrelandand theScotland.

“Rugby is not the Star Academy, it is not Koh-Lanta”

This week, at a press conference, Fabien Galthié spoke about his relationship to change, based on performance. The coach does not want to change a player just because he performed poorly, and he expressed his point of view through an opposition between rugby and football. Star Academyor Koh-Lanta. “When we make a team composition, we ask ourselves a lot of questions. There is a notion of confidence and value of men which is very important. We hear what some are saying, that we should change. But rugby is not the Star Academy, it is not Koh-Lanta. Some have 40 caps or more: they came to get the jersey. We have the right to be less strong individually: they are simply human beings. We could also have fun looking at the effect of massive turnover. This is not what we believe in. But the turnover is still happening slowly. Paul Boudehent starts, Posolo Tuilagi too. There are two new tenures, that’s not nothing. For the rest, it’s meritocracy. »

Ollivon confides in his link with Galthié

At a press conference, Charles Ollivon returned to the statement of the coach of the XV of France. . The third line evoked the bond between the two men. His words are reported by The Team. “When he called me in 2019 to be among the reserves before the World Cup in Japan when I had few Top 14 matches following a serious injury, something was created. I will remember this mark of trust all my life. It became a mutual trust. This special relationship with Fabien is the same for all the players. This strong bond is quite difficult to describe but it is one of the things we can build on for the future. We have been together since the beginning and this bond means that we will move forward together until the end. »

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