According to Simon Galinier
and XV French women facing his destiny! This Saturday, October 29 (5:30 a.m.) Blue (4Thursday world) to faceItaly (5E) in Whangarei (New Zealand) in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Rugby World Cup (postponed to 2022 due to Covid). The coach of the tricolor announced the composition of the team this Wednesday with no surprises, if not for the presence of Blagnacais Charlotte Escudero at number 8, in the absence of Romane Ménager, out on concussion against England.
Boulard at the back, Jacquet on the bench, Llorens goes down
captain Gaelle Hermet and “cutter” Marjorie May complete France’s third line as Emeline Gros will start on the bench. The Ferer-Fall pair are taken back to the cage, much to the chagrin of the veterans Safi N’Diaye who will be a substitute, as against England in the pool match. The classic front row is restored with Deshaye, Sochat and Joyeux, while Bourdon and Drouin will form the hinge, in the absence of scrum-half Laure Sansus, injured with cruciate ligaments and out for the rest of the competition.
The rear triangle will consist of Romane Ménager, Joanna Grisez and Emilie Boulard, ahead of Chloé Jacquet at the back. Also note winger Blagnac’s thumb injury, Mélissande Llorens, who is relegated to the rest of the World Cup in New Zealand, while Romane Ménager will resume collective training this Thursday, October 27, and scrum-half Marie Dupouy, who arrived in New Zealand to replace Laure Sansus, is still limited because she has Covid-19. At the end of the week, he must come out of his isolation.
France Women’s XV squad against Italy:
Boulard; Grisez, Filopon, Vernier, M. Ménager; (o) Drouin, (m) Bourdon; Mayans, Escudero, Hermet (cap.); Fall, Ferer; Merry, Sochat, Deshaye.
Substitutes: Touyé, Lindelauf, Khalfaoui, N’Diaye, Gros, Chambon, Queyroi, Jacquet.
On the Italian side, note the absence of ASM Romagnat’s second line, Sara Tounesi, who received a 12-match ban for biting an opponent against Japan in the group game. This France-Italy quarter-final will follow this Saturday, November 29 at 5:30 TF1.
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