XV of France: Hard blow for Ntamack

The French Rugby Federation has announced the withdrawal of its opener Romain Ntamack, injured, for the match against Scotland next Sunday. It is the Toulonnais Louis Carbonel who replaces him in the group.

The XV of France will be deprived of its titular opener next Sunday (4:15 p.m. French time) in Scotland for the match counting for the second day of the Autumn Nations Cup. The French Rugby Federation announced this Monday morning that Romain Ntamack was injured, without specifying at what level. According to RMC, it would be a thigh injury, the No.10 having felt an alert in training late last week.

The 21-year-old Toulousain will therefore not honor his 19th selection (4 tries) in the blue jersey, he who forms the starting point with his Toulouse colleague Antoine Dupont since Fabien Galthié took office this season. If he is restored, we could see Emile’s son again in two weeks for the last group match of the Autumn Nations Cup, against Italy at the Stade de France, since he played only two of the three matches authorized by the agreement between the French Rugby Federation and the National Rugby League for this autumn tour (against Wales and Ireland).

First selection for Carbonel?

Like all the Blues present in Marcoussis last week, Ntamack returned to his club on Friday, after learning of the cancellation of the match against Fiji in Vannes due to cases of coronavirus within the workforce of the Pacific players. But he did not play during the Toulouse victory in Pau on Saturday (16-22) during the 9th day of Top 14.

To replace Romain Ntamack in the group of 31 players who are preparing for the match against Scotland, Louis Carbonel was called in as reinforcement. The two-time under-20 world champion, 21 years old like Ntamack, has never worn the blue jersey. He did not play this Saturday in the 38-9 victory of RC Toulon on the ground of Agen.

The group of 31 for Scotland
ALDEGHERI Dorian (4 selections) / ALLDRITT Gregory (17 selections) / BAILLE Cyril (22 selections) / BAMBA Demba (13 selections) / BAUBIGNY Teddy (0 selection) / CARBONEL Louis (0 selection) / CAZEAUX Cyril (0 selection) / CHAT Camille (29 selections) / COUILLOUD Baptiste (3 selections) / CRETIN Dylan (4 selections) / DELBOUIS Julien (0 selection) / DUPONT Antoine (26 selections) / FICKOU Gaël (57 selections) / GROS Jean-Baptiste (4 selections) / GERACI Killian (0 selection) / HAOUAS Mohamed (6 selections) / JALIBERT Matthieu (5 selections) / JELONCH Anthony (2 selections) / LE ROUX Bernard (43 selections) / MARCHAND Julien (8 selections) / OLLIVON Charles (17 selections) / RAMOS Thomas (13 selections) / RAKA Alivereti (4 selections) / RATTEZ Vincent (7 selections) / TAOFIFENUA Romain (19 selections) / THOMAS Teddy (20 selections) / VAKATAWA Virimi (26 selections) / VILLIERE Gabin (0 selections) / VINCENT Arthur (6 selections) / WILLEMSE Paul (11 selections) / WOKI Cameron (2 selections)