June 30, 2022

RUGBY. French team. For Urios, Ntamack is one step ahead of Jalibert for a (very) good reason

RUGBY. The composition of France with Woki in 4, Ntamack in 10 and Jaminet in 15 against the All BlacksAfter two tests against Argentina and then Georgia, the staff decided to give the keys of the French attack to Romain Ntamack at the expense of Matthieu Jalibert against the All Blacks. Fabien Galthié and his assistants titled the lessons of training and matches then concluded that he was preferable to align the Toulouse hinge from the start of the shock against New Zealand. A choice which allows to find a pair of centers more complementary with Danty and Fickou. For Christophe Urios, this is what was missing in the first two games. “This organization was not very well organized because to have an organization like that, you have to have a very physical 13. I believe that with Fickou, we do not have this player profile. Then we end up with a density problem in the middle of the field with players who are more “players” than very strong penetrators “, commented the coach of UBB on RMC during the Grandes Gueules du Sport. We wanted to do like the English with Ford and Farrell, but forgot that the latter had Tuilagi in 13. Among the All Blacks, it was Nonu who played the role of wall breaker. Which is not really Fickou’s style. “But it was worth trying it out. When you have two very talented players, it’s a pretty good idea to put them together on the pitch. ” The staff has certainly learned a lot from these tests which will be very helpful in the future.

For now, However, it seems established that Romain Ntamack will be the opener for the Blues for years to come. And this for a simple and good reason: the presence of Antoine Dupont in the fray. The Toulousain is indestructible. A club teammate, Ntamack starts off with a head start on Jalibert. “It’s obvious“for Urios.”In my opinion, the Dupont – Ntamack association is fluid. They know each other, they talk to each other, they play together all the time. ” However, it also puts pressure on the shoulders of Émile’s son. Because behind, the Bordelais has everything it takes to put on the costume of the holder. He proved it when the Toulousain was injured. For his coach, the management of the XV of France realized that he could be decisive as he can be with Bordeaux-Bègles. “With us, he is a decisive player in great moments.This Saturday, he will therefore have an important role against the All Blacks. Like all finishers, he should not finish the job, but bring “power, strength, speed, nerve, an ability to break. I believe that Matthieu, in this kind of match, can bring very important things to the hour of play.“This Saturday, it is not a single player who passes a test, it is the whole team which is facing a great challenge and not only Romain Ntamack.