Only one meeting on the program today, it is France-Uruguay this evening. The match will take place at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, where Fabien Galthié's men have been present since Tuesday. The coach of the French XV, buoyed by the victory of his troops last Friday against New Zealand for the opening match of the World Cup, decided to change things up.
On the victorious team against the All Blacks, only three players are back on the scoresheet: center Yoram Moefana, winger Gabin Villière and second row Cameron Woki. Despite the controversy surrounding his presence in the group, Bastien Chalureau will be on the bench.
The event of this meeting will be the presence of Anthony Jelonch, who will even be the captain of the Blues. The Toulouse third row was injured against Scotland last February and began a real race against time to participate in the World Cup. A race finally won. He hopes to lead his troops to victory tonight.
The match will be followed at 9:00 p.m. on TF1, but also live with commentary on our Figaro website, with all the information from our special correspondents and live videos before and after the match, as well as at half-time.
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Announced as starter and captain against Uruguay, Anthony Jelonch spoke about his return to the starting XV: “Today, coming back as captain is a huge source of pride and I will do everything to lead my teammates to victory. » Fabien Galthié sought to put him in the best possible condition so that his return to competition goes as smoothly as possible.
Just twenty years old, the talented and versatile winger/center will start the match against Uruguay as a starter. And it is a small event, since he is the youngest French player to wear the tricolor jersey during a World Cup. Which didn’t seem to move him: “It doesn’t mean much to me. I’m happy to hear it but it’s not going to help us be world champions.” Head on your shoulders you say? Still, the player born in La Tronche in Isère, playing with Bordeaux in the Top 14, was able to convince the Blues staff to trust him.
Like the number of points scored by England against Argentina during the XV de la Rose's entry match into this World Cup. Quite simply a record, since never before has a team scored so many points in regulation time without scoring a try. The 27 English points were all scored by George Ford, thanks to three drops and six penalties.