XV of France. Tour in Japan (July 2 and 9)
More than 60 years that Breton rugby has been waiting for this! As announced yesterday on Le Télégramme, Breton Nolann Le Garrec has been called up to the French rugby team for the tour of Japan in July. At only 20 years old, the Morbihannais? Should therefore wear for the first time the jersey of the XV of France. A great reward for the Racing 92 scrum-half who could become the first Breton to play a match with the French men’s rugby team for more than 60 years.
The last (and only!) to have played with the Blues is Gérard Bouguyon. The Finisterian had played nine games in 1961 and had notably won the Five Nations Tournament that year.
As expected, Matthias Haddad (21) is also one of the 17 neophytes, present in the list of 42 players unveiled on Monday by the French Rugby Federation (FFR) for the Blues’ tour of Japan in July. Passed as a child by RC Pays Muzillacais and RC Vannes, the third line of the Stade Rochelais lived an extraordinary season marked by a title in the European Cup.
Charles Ollivon, Matthieu Jalibert, Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud and Virimi Vakatawa are also on the list. The coach of the XV of France, Fabien Galthié, had warned that he would leave many executives to rest, including most of the Grand Slam winners, in particular the Toulouse Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack. He also had to compose his list without the players of the Top 14 finalist clubs, Montpellier and Castres, for the two scheduled meetings against the Japanese: July 2 in Aichi and July 9 in Tokyo. On this list, Demba Bamba, Ollivon, Penaud and Vakatawa are the only players with more than 20 selections.