The French premium team lined up against Namibia on Thursday evening in Marseille, the Rochelais should logically make his return to number 8. But Grégory Alldritt is ultimately not on the match sheet. Victim of a blow to his knee at the end of training on Monday, the player and the staff decided by mutual agreement not to take any risks. “Grégory is being spared,” confirmed Fabien Galthié. He will be treated and we will wait until he is 100% to play with the XV of France.
A last minute package which shook up the team composition a little. Anthony Jelonch, who was to start on the wing of the third line, moves to the center. Initially planned as a replacement, François Cros joined the starting XV and Paul Boudehent appeared on the bench.
Concerning Alldritt, no worries according to the coach. Wisdom prevailed as a precaution and so as not to wait until the last moment to possibly turn everything upside down in the event of the double European champion's withdrawal. If his joint quickly swelled, according to information from Midi Olympique, his state of health does not cause any longer-term concern.