Fabien Galthié’s men are at work in Capbreton. The 42 players selected, in the Landes, to prepare for the Six Nations Tournament got to the heart of the matter. Well not all of them. Because many elements were at rest on Tuesday. Thirteen in total. Eight Toulousains – Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Thibaud Flament, Anthony Jelonch, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack and Melvyn Jaminet (the last three were obviously not even there) – were spared after facing Munster ( 20-16) Sunday in the Champions Cup.
Same scenario for Montpellier’s Paul Willemse, Yacouba Camara and Bastien Chalureau following the draw against London Irish (21-21) also played on Sunday. The Rochelais Uini Atonio and the Parisian Sekou Macalou also attended the session from the sidelines of the Parc des Sports.
A possible Dumortier surprise on the wing?
Under the eyes of a few curious people but also of the former international scrum half Dimitri Yachvili, the operational players trained with the young people of Biarritz Olympique. For the rest, few definitive lessons can be learned from this session even if, on closer inspection, a few clues lie here and there.
As expected, Yoram Moefana and Gaël Fickou were associated with the center in the team with the blue chasubles, as well as Thomas Ramos at the back or winger Ethan Dumortier, in great shape with the LOU in recent weeks, while Matthis Lebel was playing for the whites. For a possible surprise on the wing? It is still too early to tell.
In the third row, François Cros, back on the pitch last weekend with Stade Toulousain, has, meanwhile, evolved with Grégory Alldritt and Charles Ollivon. The high-intensity session on Wednesday afternoon should make it possible to see things more clearly. Fourteen players will then be released to return to the club and will be able to apply for the 16th day of Top 14 this weekend.