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XV of France. Lucu and Vakatawa without genius, the enigma Macalou … The record of the backs in Japan


Racing 92 center Virimi Vakatawa failed to do well on this summer tour of Japan.

From the group of 42 players selected by the management of the XV of France to Japanonly 25 had the opportunity to walk the lawns of Aichi and Tokyo. This summer tourfar from being useless a little over a year from the 2023 World Cup and seen as a great “incubator for the Elite of French rugby” according to Fabien Galthié, has allowed some to earn points. let’s do it with player by player. Make way for rear.

Hinge: Lucu did not shine, Couilloud shows that he is there

With the absence of the Dupont-Ntamack hinge, the Lucu-Jalibert duo played a big card. Well, if he produced a good performance during the first test, this was not the case during the second. cute maxim appeared borrowed in the animation, Matthew Jalibert he only put too little madness into his game. They didn’t shake up the hierarchy.

In 30 minutes during the second test, Baptiste Couilloud showed a lot, especially punch and efficiency. Confined in a role of n°3 in the scrum, the Lyonnais aspires to something else, and it has been seen. It will perhaps make the staff think. Antoine Hastoyhe had only crumbs, not even coming into play in Tokyo. Hard for him.

  • Matthew Jalibert: 149 minutes
  • Funny Maxime: 110 minutes
  • Baptiste Couilloud: 50 minutes
  • Antoine Hastoy: 11 minutes

Center: Vakatawa did not find the flame

In the center, Yoram Moefana held his rank well, confirming that he was a safe bet within this XV of France. It remains to be seen if the Bordelais can aim for the starting spot with the Fickou, Danty and the upcoming return of Vincent.

However, Fallen Farmers disappointed when he was offered a great opportunity to get back into the game. The center of Racing 92 alternated hot and cold, and above all did not find all his vista in attack, where he was able to do enormous differences, to play after him and to sign mind-blowing flashes. “We expect it to do more and better,” said Laurent Labit before the second test. That means everything…

  • Yoram Moefana: 160 minutes
  • Fallen crops: 143 minutes
  • Damian Penaud played 17 minutes in the center during the 1st test
Toulouse winger Matthis Lebel was the best player in the XV of France against Japan.
Toulouse winger Matthis Lebel has scored two tries in this summer tour of Japan. (©Icon Sport)

Winger-Rear: Lebel wakes up, the enigma Macalou

Author of a double in the first match, Damien Penaud had more trouble during the second. But nothing to worry about for the Clermontois, indisputable at the post. The one who woke up is Mathis Lebel. The Toulousain, who played both games in full, scored in each game, and above all showed that he had returned to his legs, performing very well in attacking duels. At a winger position where there are not 50 options behind the Villière-Penaud duo, Lebel will have a say.

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In back, Melvin Jaminetwho has started 12 times in a row, was not fielded in the second test. A way of stinging him probably, and telling the future Toulousain that no one is installed and that there will be plenty of competition. Highly anticipated, the Racingman max spring showed that he had talent in attack, but he made many mistakes for his first selection. Even if Fabien Galthié found it “very good”.

Finally, a word on the enigma of this summer tour: the positioning of the 3e lines Sekou Macalou as a winger. We know that the staff of the Blues wants to prepare for any eventuality, having already thought of dragging François Cros to the center if necessary. But there, Macalou entered the wing twice. The Parisian has not been unworthy, but inevitably he can legitimately ask questions. Still, his profile is very interesting in a 6 forward-2 back bench…

  • Matthis Lebel: 160 minutes
  • Damian Penaud: 144 minutes (including 127 on the wing)
  • Melvin Jaminet: 80 minutes
  • Spring max: 80 minutes
  • Sekou Macaulou: 33 minutes

Regarding the forwards, the results can be found here: XV of France. Flament serious, Tanga scores points…

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