Jacques de France coach Jacques Brunel announced the names of those who will participate in the World Cup in Japan and Louis Picamoles was finally selected.
The announcement was made during TF1's 20-hour news program on Monday, 2 September. Jacques Brunel, the coach of the XV of France, has revealed the names of those who will participate in the World Rugby to be held from September 20 to November 2.
Louis Picamoles, one of the most experienced players of the XV of France, was finally selected in the group of 31 players to compete for the World Cup in Japan. Of the thirty-seven players who prepared for this competition, six were not selected. It is the pillar Dany Priso (La Rochelle), the 2e Roman line Taofifenua (Toulon) and Félix Lambey (Lyon), from 3e line François Cros (Toulouse), from the back or winger Vincent Rattez (La Rochelle), and the opener or center of Toulon Anthony Belleau.
Picamoles, present at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, posted at number 8 a unique profile of a puncher, able to advance in the defenses. But his lack of consistency, endurance, mobility and the good performance of his competitors had left a serious doubt about his presence in the list of 31. His performance Friday against Italy (47-19), the last match of preparation, convinced the staff. "He was chosen because he has done great things, has experience" said Brunel on TF1.
Lambey replaced by Ollivon
Compared to the provisional group of 31 announced on June 18, the coach finally decided to take a third extra line and rely on the versatility of Arthur Iturria, "Who can play second and third line". Felix Lambey, missed out on his match in Scotland on August 24 (defeated 17-14), especially in terms of physical impact, actually costs and is digitally replaced by Charles Ollivon, who was among the reservists (as Cros) .
" (Iturria) like all the third line showed a lot of going during preparation and matches. So when we had to make the choices, it seemed to us that Felix was a little behind in the preparation and in the matches »added Brunel to the press. Apart from Ollivon, the other player promoted from substitute to starter is the left pillar Cyril Baille, selected at the expense of Priso. Baille was more than arrived during preparation, July 20, after the package on injury of Etienne Falgoux.
Belleau, Rattez, Taofifenua and therefore Cros were their reservists.
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