Thomas Darracq, coach of the France team: “Joanna Grisez is an outstanding finisher”

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Thomas Darracq, coach of the France team: “Joanna Grisez is an outstanding finisher”

“The announcement of the list of 32 players called up for the World Cup marked a new stage in your preparation…
This choice is a work undertaken for several weeks, compared to the follow-up of the players throughout the year and of course of this preparation, which gave rise to an evaluation on the rugby part, the competitiveness of the players, the state physical, mental. Criteria that made it possible to define this list. There are absences, choices had to be made.

Why did you select the septist Joanna Grisez?
The idea is competitiveness. Today, Joanna is making her mark on the 7-a-side season with the France team. We work cross-functionally (with the staff of the France team at 7), we have girls who took part in the Olympics, like Caroline Drouin and Chloé Jacquet. I have known Joanna for many years, having worked with her with the French team at 7 and 7 development. She is an outstanding finisher, she brings a lot of energy, which explains the choice to integrate her into the group. She’s strong in small spaces too, she’s physical, aggressive in a good way. She is also comfortable in the aerial game, in the perspective of this World Cup and the evolution of the game, it is an important element.

“We hope to recover Gaëlle Hermet either in the first match of the World Cup or in the second”

Cyrielle Banet, Caroline Boujard and Audrey Forlani are absent from the list, are they sporting choices or were they physically diminished?
Cyrielle is injured in an ankle, she is being treated, she has a prospect of returning, but not immediately. For Caroline Boujard, it is a sporting choice. The same for Audrey Forlani, she is moving to a second-line position where there is competition, we have favored other profiles.

How are Gaëlle Hermet, affected in the left knee, and Laure Sansus, concussed Friday against Italy?
Gaëlle is working hard to come back as soon as possible, we hope to recover her either in the first match of the World Cup or in the second. But we won’t take any risks either. His presence is important in relation to his role as captain. It is important that she finds the fullness of her means. Laure Sansus had a small concussion against Italy, all the lights were green the next day, she did all the classic exams after this kind of incident, there is nothing to worry about. her participation at the start of the World Cup, she will resume training very quickly. »

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