While the XV of France takes a break this week, Fabien Galthié has decided to make three changes in the group of 31 players who will prepare from Sunday the match against Scotland.
Fabien Galthié does not intend to rest on his laurels. While the XV of France won its first two matches in the 2021 6 Nations Tournament, the French staff decided to make changes in the group of 31 players required to prepare for the match against Scotland. Indeed, while the players present during the victory in Ireland benefit from a few days of rest with the family, the French Rugby Federation communicated this Wednesday the group of 31 players who will face Scotland on February 21 on the lawn of the Stade de France. If the backbone that started the competition remains present, Fabien Galthié has decided to make three changes in the group convened this Sunday at the National Rugby Center in Marcoussis. If the coach of the XV of France has decided to keep the back lines unchanged, the changes focus on the front five.
🏴 Here is the list of the 31 players summoned from February 21 to prepare for the match against Scotland.
H. Kolingar, B. Pesenti and D. Aldegheri are freed while JB Gros, S. Rebbadj and D. Bamba are selected to join the group. # NeFaisonsXV #XVdeFrance
– France Rugby (@FranceRugby) February 17, 2021
Gros, Rebbadj and Bamba back
Recovered from his injuries, the versatile pillar of Lyon Demba Bamba is back in Blue as is the left pillar of Toulon Jean-Baptiste Gros, who was present against Italy but had to give up the trip to Ireland. In the second row, the Toulonnais Swan Rebbadj is recovered from the dental abscess which deprived him of the start of the Tournament and finds the group. Choices coming from the staff of the XV of France who push three players towards the exit. Entering late in the match during the victory in Ireland, left pillar Hassane Kolingar left the group as did right pillar Dorian Aldegheri and second row Baptiste Pesenti. These three players are “released and made available to their club” for the next Top 14 deadlines. Changes that focus on the front lines but, with the upcoming returns of Romain Ntamack and Virimi Vakatawa, the situation could change concerning the back lines for the duels against England and Wales.