The first hints of the starting XV to start the first match of the Six Nations Tournament against Italy on February 5 have been given. Thomas Ramos, holder during the autumn tests but suspended for five matches after his red card received on December 18 against Sale in the Champions Cup, was preferred on Wednesday by the tricolor staff to his partner in Toulouse Melvyn Jaminet during a training session. training open to rugby schools in the south of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
On the wing, the novice Ethan Dumortier, top scorer in the Top 14 (8 tries scored), also wore a probable holder’s chasuble. At the end of the session, he was treated to a debriefing in the middle of the field with coach Fabien Galthié and his assistant Laurent Labit.
Moefana finds a place
As a result of the integration of Lou’s player on the wing, the versatile Girondin Yoram Moefana has found a place alongside Gaël Fickou in the center, orphan of Jonathan Danty, injured in his knee. The hinge was classic with Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack.
In front, the few uncertainties concerned the position of number 4 in the second line in the absence of Cameron Woki (scaphoid). If we trust the chasubles, the Toulousain Thibaud Flament could start in Rome alongside the ghost in Blue Paul Willemse.
23 players for Italy
Finally on the front line, the right pillar Uini Atonio was spared due to a meniscus pinch. On the pre Landes, he was replaced numerically by the Bordeaux Sipeli Falatea, alongside the Toulouse Julien Marchand and Cyril Baille.
No other surprises to report in the other sectors: the third line was made up of Grégory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon and Anthony Jelonch. On Tuesday, thirteen of the 42 French players selected by Fabien Galthié’s staff had been spared during the first training session, including eight from Toulouse and three from Montpellier who entered the Champions Cup on Sunday.
Coach Fabien Galthié will announce on Friday February 3 the list of 23 players called up for the trip to Italy.