the composition against Wales, without Penaud and Taofifenua

End of the press conference

It’s over for the press moment of the XV of France.

Galthié on the war in Ukraine

“What happens in the world is not neutral, but we are focused. We have to represent France in Wales. We can listen, see, imagine, but that’s all. It is not neutral what happens in the world.”

Ibanez on last minute surprises

“We took into account the released players, but we also told them that anything could happen. This was the case on Wednesday.”


“He had just landed in Toulouse and couldn’t scream, but I congratulated him.”

Ibanez on Covid Management

“We try to do things in the right order. We heard from Penaud and Taofifenua and then communicated it to the rest of the group. Then we met with Fabien Galthié to find out who would replace them. Then we wrote to the group. We try to be transparent with our players.”

Ibanez and Galthié on Covid management in the group

Ibanez: “The players were tested at every meeting. We don’t regret sending them home between games.”

And Galthié continues: “We are very sorry that the two players have been sacked.”

Ibanez on the roof of the Millienium

“The roof will remain open due to sanitary conditions in Wales. We will have the crowd and maybe a little rain.

Galthie on Wales

“There is a great atmosphere in this stadium. The stadium and the crowd with the Welsh choirs, it gives goosebumps. The players will wait four minutes in the dark for the Welsh to take the field. We are in the sublime and wonderful of rugby “It is a nation with few inhabitants, but which has produced great players. We have a deal with the sublime and the wonderful against Wales.”

Ibanez on Wales and the Grand Slam dream

“Challenger or favorite status has no impact. The word that comes to mind for the Welsh is respect. They have won the tournament several times in recent years. That does not apply to France.”


“We saw that he was pushed against Scotland. It’s part of the journey, we say things to each other and he analyzed his match. We accept criticism. The important thing is complementarity and the fact that you tick the boxes. Some boxes are easier to tick finches depending on the opponent and the conditions of the match.In Scotland it was very windy and this hampered air balls and trap play.In Wales We will certainly have less wind but the roof will be open and we can have rain. is a collective management where the pressure is put on the opponent and the aid is brought to the ground in front of the receiver. cannot isolate any player, it would weaken him.”

Galthié in his front row

“We are always looking for performance and progression. We have players who are gaining experience and maturity. We have grown 23 matches, this will be the 24th match. They have not played them all, but the scrum is about skill and complementarity. their level makes them worth playing. But the finishers are there too and there’s a form of emulation that everyone is pushing. matches they’ve played with six or seven in the front row. There’s real altruism between them.”

Galthié on Haouas’ return to the group

“He is better. He is very good. He sends good messages in training to his team and his team-mates. He plays matches in Montpellier. We also send a message of support to Demba Bamba.”

Galthié on his couch and the adjustments related to the Covid

“We have to adapt. The embarrassing word is not appropriate, it is adaptation and reaction. We are a team and a French group that must be complementary no matter what, everywhere, always and with everyone. We have changed our team of finishers with a potential 5-3 instead of 6-2 (five forward and three back, editors note) Matthis Lebel returns to the score sheet and Yoram Moefana returns to the XV of those starting the field Here are the developments with Gabin Villière returning after missing Scotland Unfortunately for them Damian Penaud and Romain Taofifenua learned this morning as they were packing their bags that they had been locked out and isolated Now that I have known him it is violent I can attest to it, It’s violent Very violent First of all I think of them and their families and also their friends who are on the team It is violent But we have to keep going The guys coming back are ready Yoram Muefana, Matthis Lebel and Momo Haoua’s are ready.”

Galthié on surprise packages

†[D’autres joueurs positifs avant le match?] We are preparing for it. We are preparing for it. We are tested again a priori. But we have no additional information. It is the VI Nations commission that will put the rest on us on Thursday, to know whether we test again or not. We don’t know and we are waiting for information. But we are preparing (for possible packages).”

The composition of the Blues with Dupont and Moefana

France’s XV v Wales: Jaminet – Moefana, Fickou, Danty, Villière – (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont (cap) – Jelonch, Alldritt, Cros – Willemse, Woki – Atonio, Marchand, Baille.

Finishers: Mauvaka, Gros, Haouas, Cretin, Flament, Lucu, Ramos and Lebel.

Penaud and Taofifenua positive for Covid

Bad news for the Blues, Damian Penaud and Romain Taofifenua tested positive for Covid on Wednesday morning. The two players will not travel to Cardiff.

“In the preamble and it’s not trivial because it has an impact on team composition. Damian Penaud and Romain Taofifenua will not travel to Cardiff after positive tests for Covid-19, Blues manager Raphaël Ibanez indicated. We were quite spared in terms of players during our competitive period. But that’s how it is. We have the resources to face Wales in Cardiff.”

The conference of the XV of France is coming

A few more minutes of patience before the start of the XV de France press conference with Fabien Galthié and Raphaël Ibanez.

It should eventually start around 12:15 PM.

The likely composition

The XV of France trained with Gabin Villière on the wing on Tuesday. The Toulonnais, package in Scotland, has to take its place again. If Grégory Alldritt was back during the intensive session on Tuesday, Gaël Fickou, with the flu in turn, was spared, but he should be able to keep his place on Friday night, as was Antoine Dupont who nevertheless had to abort his session after being in the left arm. shot.

France’s XV likely against Wales: Jaminet – Penaud, Fickou, Danty, Villière – (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont (cap) – Jelonch, Alldritt, Cros – Willemse, Woki – Atonio, Marchand, Baille

>> All details about the probable composition

Galthié and Ibanez explain their choices

Fabien Galthié, coach of the French team, and Raphaël Ibanez, manager, will appear before the press at 12 noon to reveal the composition and justify the choices.

Good morning all!

Welcome to join us live to follow the announcement of France’s XV line-up to face Wales on Friday (9pm) at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.