Rugby/Pau Section: Hastoy in Japan with the Blues

“There, at the end of the match, they were told that the nineteen players were selected. So there are already nineteen players who are going to Japan who are there, except for injury, “said the French coach who led the “Baabaas”.

“We made our group yesterday (Saturday), we will communicate it on Monday,” he added.

The pillars Jean-Baptiste Gros (Toulon), Sipili Falatea (Clermont) and Dany Priso (La Rochelle), the hookers Pierre Bourgarit (La Rochelle) and Christopher Tolofua (Toulon), the second row Thomas Lavault (La Rochelle), the third lines Dylan Cretin (Lyon), Charles Ollivon (Toulon), Sekou Macalou (Stade français) and Yoan Tanga (Racing 92), scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud (Lyon) and Nolann Le Garrec (Racing 92), openers Antoine Hastoy ( Pau) and Louis Carbonel (Toulon), centers Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92) and Tani Vili (Clermont), winger Damian Penaud (Clermont) and rear Max Spring (Racing 92) will therefore be part of the summer tour in Japan , just like the winger of Oyonnax (Pro D2) Thomas Laclayat.

The British Barbarians have passed eight tries to the English, who will go to Australia for their summer tour. The last test is the work of Antoine Hastoy, in the last seconds, after a passing game at ten, completing the demonstration of the Blues.

“For us and for the young players, it was a new experience”, underlined Galthié, “it was a week of learning”.

“There are only a few players who knew the international level like Damian Penaud or Charles Ollivon but the others wanted to join the team and it was fantastic for competition, emulation, for team spirit. They learned a lot on and off the pitch,” revealed the French coach, who particularly appreciated the defensive intensity displayed by the players.

The Blues are due to face the Cherry Blossoms on July 2 and 9.

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