To see the bowed head of Fabien Galthié on Friday evening in the aisles of the Vélodrome stadium, the start of the week in Marcoussis promises to be gloomy for the XV of France. The more than logical defeat against Ireland (17-38) is on everyone's minds, and yet the Blues must already turn to their trip to Scotland next Saturday. A trip to Edinburgh which promises to be perilous and will say a lot about the reaction capabilities of this group.
After the immense failure of the World Cup, and an elimination in the quarter-finals, the failed debut in the 2024 Tournament against the Irish raises questions. Against the Scots who won Wales on Saturday (26-27), the task promises to be difficult. And a very simple dilemma: rebound or crisis.
This Monday, the XV of France begins its preparation for its 2nd match, near Marcoussis. The nickname “Marcatraz” will never have worked so well, given the general atmosphere and the gloomy weather expected in the Paris region this week. At 3 p.m., a member of Fabien Galthié's staff, whose name has not been given, will face the press. A mission not necessarily easy, as the copy submitted Friday evening raises questions...
Training sessions, open to the media, are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, before the announcement of the list of 23 players on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Some changes are expected. On Friday, the Blues will travel to Edinburgh before the traditional captain's training at 2:30 p.m. on the pitch at Murrayfield. Finally on Saturday, it's time for the game, with kick-off at 3:45 p.m.
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