Recently operated on for the cervical, Castres hooker Gaëtan Barlot still dreams of participating in the 2023 World Cup with the XV of France. As for Anthony Jelonch, the race against the clock has begun.
After a great scare on April 22 against Toulon, following a shock against the hip of the pillar Dany Priso, Gaëtan Barlot smiled again. Indeed, affected at the level of the cervical, the hooker from Castres (26) has since had surgery on May 11 in Toulouse, and will now be able to resume sport little by little at the Tarn club’s training center. Obviously uncertain for the 2023 World Cup, the one who has seven selections with the XV of France first returned to his injury, before discussing the rest. “I relativize. At the time, I was scared. I had temporary quadriplegia. I no longer felt my body. And then it came back. I had two cervical hernias. On shock, one moved and hit the spinal cord. In the end, it was good to have surgery there and not wait for the end of your career, ”explained the player who passed through Colomiers (Pro D2) at the start of his career.
“The World? There really is hope”
“Now I’m doing really well. It’s incredible an operation, everything goes super fast, you don’t feel anything, you don’t hurt. And then I will be able to play rugby again. The World Cup is not dead. There really is hope, subsequently confided Barlot, in remarks collected by L’Equipe. But what is certain, and despite what I had, I already miss rugby. If all goes as planned, I have to resume contact rugby in mid-July. “However, he like his club, no one intends to rush his return. ” The most important thing, first of all, is his health. The rest will come later “, easily recognized Vincent Giaccobi, the director of performance of the CO. It now remains to be seen whether the Castres hooker will be able to claim a place in Fabien Galthié’s group, which should in particular rely on Toulouse’s Julien Marchand and Peato Mauvaka and Rochelais Pierre Bourgarit initially while waiting to find out more. about Barlot’s state of health.