November test matches: where are the players from the best nations in the world playing?

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November test matches: where are the players from the best nations in the world playing?

As the autumn tour begins this weekend for the XV of France (Saturday evening, 9 p.m. against Australia), while many other nations play, with Scotland v Fiji matches (to follow at 2 p.m. on the L’Équipe channel), Wales – New Zealand or Ireland – South Africa this Saturday, in particular, all the Championships are not at a standstill.

The Top 14 indeed offers one of its traditional duplicates, which is not without causing problems for some of its clubs, major suppliers of internationals. The opportunity to answer a few questions: which French teams have the most to lose? Where do the players from the best nations come from? Or what are the most attractive championships?

Among the Blues, unsurprisingly, Stade Toulousain is overrepresented: eleven players from Toulouse were called up by Fabien Galthié for the first meeting against Australia.

Quite logically, Toulouse is therefore also the biggest supplier of internationals this autumn, all nations combined, among the teams in the Top 14. It is almost an entire XV that the Red and Blacks send to selection during international windows. the LOU and La Rochelle come first. In addition to its 11 Frenchmen called up as Blues, Stade Toulousain saw Ange Capuozzo (Italy) and Juan Cruz Mallia (Argentina) leave.

The only three teams which do not have French internationals (Bayonne, Perpignan, Brive) have on the other hand seen several of their players join foreign selections, proof that all Top 14 clubs attract internationals.

Ireland, with its organization in provinces, sees all of its internationals grouped together in its four teams (Leinster, Munster, Ulster, Connacht). Leinster, finalist last year of the European Cup, is the one with the most players mobilized by the tests.

Among the major Championships, the United Rugby Championship lost the most players selected during the November tests. The sixteen Irish, Welsh, Italian, Scottish and New Zealand provinces that make up this Championship saw an average of 11 of their players selected.

Several European nations (France, Ireland, England) as well as New Zealand and Japan are composed solely of players playing in a local club. The Welsh and the Scots, despite an attachment to the national provinces, sometimes favor English clubs to afford better exposure in major European competitions.

At the bottom of the ranking, the Argentineans and South Africans are much more likely to leave their country with the hope of evolving in larger stables.

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