Present this Tuesday at a press conference, Laurent Labit, the coach of three-quarters of the XV of France, notably mentioned the case of Nolann Le Garrec and the pair Matthieu Jalibert – Romain Ntamack.
Laurent Labit takes stock. Since Marcoussis, the coach of three-quarters of the XV of France was present this Tuesday at a press conference, a few days before the first match of France, this Saturday against the Argentinian at the Stade de France (9:00 p.m.). While Fabien Galthié spoke recently of a new UFO in tricolor rugby, it could well be Nolann Le Garrec, the young (19) scrum half of Racing 92, who has shown great things in recent weeks in Top 14. Obviously, Labit did not escape a question about the player from his former club. “Le Garrec?” We are delighted to see the performance of Nolann, he is one of the players we have listed. We are of course very satisfied with Antoine (Dupont), but also with Max (Lucu), Baptiste (Couilloud), but he is one of the players who will effectively mingle with the competition to come to Marcoussis in the coming months or years, like other players that we are watching carefully, ”said the former coach of Racing 92. Behind, it is the possible association Matthieu Jalibert – Romain Ntamack which was at the heart of the debates.
“A little while that this association is in our head”
« To be in complete transparency with you and with the players, this association has been in our head for a while and we want to see what it can give. Even if Arthur Vincent or Virimi Vakatawa were there, we would have worked the same way over those two weeks. Afterwards, we know that we can use this solution to start a match, but also during the match to perhaps, depending on the strategy or the scenario, finish with two openers to have even more reflection on the game between. the 9, the 10, the 12, or even the back. Until now, we played with two identified playmakers who were the 10 and the 15, and today, in the idea that Romain (Ntamack) would be in 12, there would be three: the 10, the 12 and even on the 15th. That would make the 10’s job easier because he would feel supplied and be sure at all times, in any situation, to find one of those two players in the cells or in our game, also explained Labit. (…) Defensively, it’s the same, because we know that Gaël (Fickou) is with them in the middle, that he is our defense chief, and that Romain, whether he plays in 10 or 12, is a very, very good defender. “