The XV of France should, for the moment, fly to Australia this summer to play three tests against the Wallabies but the matches could be postponed by a few days in order to respect the period of fourteen
One day’s truth is not always tomorrow’s truth for sporting event calendars. So necessarily the future of the tour of the XV of France in Australia remains uncertain and especially subject to the evolution of the pandemic. A year after having to give up their Argentinian getaway, the Blues should, for the moment, go to the southern hemisphere this summer to challenge the Wallabies.
Financially, the Australian federation cannot do without these three tests scheduled for July. “We’re going to go,” we are told. But Fabien Galthié’s men could be subject to a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine that is necessarily binding, as the tennis players experienced during the Australian Open this winter. Could they stay in a vacuum, as in Marcoussis, in order to prepare in a sanitary bubble? It’s a possibility. And according to information from RMC Sport, another hypothesis on the table would be to postpone the three meetings initially scheduled for July 3, 10 and 17 in order to take this fortnight into account. They could thus be played a few days later, with a first meeting fixed during the week, Wednesday July 7, before possibly a new match six days later (July 13) and another the following Sunday (July 18).
A group of 35 players?
The staff of the Blues, on vacation until the end of the month, awaits to know more in order to organize themselves. Galthié and his assistants, who are really hoping to face a southern nation for the first time, could rely on a group of 35 players, a large part of which is expected to fly away the day after the semi-finals of the Top 14 on the weekend of June 19 in Lille, a week before the final scheduled for Friday June 25 at the Stade de France. We could find out more in the coming days or early May.
Some Top 14 presidents would be in favor of postponing the final stages of the championship in order to complete the regular season more calmly, largely disrupted by many postponements due to Covid. “It’s a formula that seems good to me, confessed the boss of UBB Laurent Marti on RMC on Saturday. But it is not for the French team which normally goes on tour. We have all done a lot of touring. efforts so that the France team can have all its matches this year, by increasing the number of duplicates. It is true that that could be a solution but it does not necessarily arrange the France team. to sit around a table and be inhabited by a certain intellectual objectivity, and even intellectual honesty, to seek equity for all. “