XV de France – Léo Barré preferred to Melvyn Jaminet, novices on the bench: the composition of the Blues is becoming clearer for the first test against Argentina

XV de France – Léo Barré preferred to Melvyn Jaminet, novices on the bench: the composition of the Blues is becoming clearer for the first test against Argentina
XV de France – Léo Barré preferred to Melvyn Jaminet, novices on the bench: the composition of the Blues is becoming clearer for the first test against Argentina

Les Bleus begin their summer tour on Saturday at 9pm in Mendoza. Three days before this first important meeting, the starting line-up of the French XV is becoming clearer. Léo Barré should start in place of Melvyn Jaminet. Rochelais Jegou and Palois Attissogbe are about to experience their first selection.

Preparations continue for Fabien Galthié’s Blues in Argentina. Facing the Pumas on Saturday at 9pm in Mendoza, in the Centre-West of the country, the French are revising their ranges and gaining momentum three days before this first meeting.

The latest indiscretions about the starting fifteen confirm the trends of the last 24 hours. On this subject, the young Oscar Jegou (21 years old) and Théo Attissogbe (19 years old) should indeed celebrate their first selection with the jersey bearing the rooster. It should be the same in the center of the attack for Antoine Frisch and Émilien Gailleton. Another novice who is getting closer to a starting role, the second row Hugo Auradou, who was associated with Baptiste Pesenti (4 selections) during the opposition. Léo Barré, who had his first selections during the 6 Nations Tournament, seems to be Fabien Galthié’s first choice to start this tour ahead of Melvyn Jaminet.

A bench in 6:2

If the probable starting fifteen is identical to our latest information with the starting positions of Colombe, Etien or Hastoy associated with the hinge with captain Baptiste Serin, it is on the substitutes’ bench that it becomes clearer. The French staff should line up six forwards and two three-quarters to challenge the Pumas, semi-finalists of the last World Cup in France.

Among the “finishers” as the coach likes to call them, we find experienced players like Baptiste Couilloud (16 caps) and Demba Bamba (26 caps). Teddy Baubigny should replace Gaëtan Barlot during the game, while Posolo Tuilagi could have an important mission in the second half. Two novices – Guillard and Nouchi – could wear the blue jersey for the first time. Finally, at the back, the precision with the foot of Melvyn Jaminet could be important at the end of the game.

This young French team will be keen to do well on Saturday against the formidable pumas. Let’s remember that the Blues have only won two matches in Argentina in the last twenty-five years. In a press conference, the touchline coach Laurent Sempéré nevertheless stated that he did not feel “of an individual worried or fearful player.”

The probable line-up of the Blues

15. Barre ; 14. Etien, 13. Gailleton, 12. Frisch, 11. Attissogbe ; 10. Hastoy, 9. Serin (cap) ; 7. Jegou, 8. Joseph, 6. Cancoriet ; 5. Pesenti, 4. Auradou ; 3. Colombe, 2. Barlot, 1. Big.

Replacements : 16. Baubigny, 17. S. Taofifenua, 18. Bamba, 19. Tuilagi, 20. Guillard, 21. Nouchi, 22. Couilloud, 23. Jaminet.

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