Two days before the trip to Twickenham, Fabien Galthié unveiled this Thursday the composition of the XV of France who will challenge England, during the 4th day of the VI Nations Tournament. The coach took the opportunity to discuss his exemplary nature during the “Covid episode”, which recently disrupted the lives of the Blues.
He obviously expected these questions. And he had carefully prepared his answers. Come to unveil the composition of the XV of France which will challenge England in two days at Twickenham (5.45 p.m.), during the 4th day of the VI Nations Tournament, Fabien Galthié was asked about the “Covid episode”, which disturbed the daily life of the Blues in recent weeks.
“We were a number to be affected by the virus. This is an opportunity to thank all the people who sent us messages of support, with a lot of kindness, said the coach. We must also thank the medical staff who accompanied us, allowing us to stay connected and move forward to prepare for the recovery. We started our preparation on Monday morning. We talked again between us about the Covid episode and we quickly switched to rugby with this upcoming game against England. “
“It allowed us to spend time between us”
After his victory in Ireland, on February 14 (13-15), the XV of France suffered a wave of contamination with Covid-19. Twelve players have tested positive, as have four members of the management, including Fabien Galthié. “I was affected by this virus, like a lot of us in the group. It is an experience that is part of the road we must travel. It allowed us to exchange and spend time between us, “relativizes the 51-year-old coach, who has been suspected of being patient zero.
Galthié, who was one of the first cases identified with a physical trainer, had left the health bubble of the Blues to attend a match of his son Mathis (19), who plays with the Espoirs de Colomiers, on February 7 in Jean-Bouin stadium in Paris. The day after the victory of the XV of France in Rome. But an investigation by the French Rugby Federation cleared him of any responsibility for the contamination of his players.
“No risk does not exist”
“We respected the health protocol as well as possible. It protects us very well, the medical commission also supports us, but zero risk does not exist, recalled Galthié. We must accept what is said, without turning away from it. our way (…) From the start of the Covid episode, we were in almost daily contact with the players and the staff. We had very little time to procrastinate. We are very exposed, the France team is very popular . So we can understand everything there is around and accept the criticism. It’s part of our mission and part of our role. “
At a time when the circumstances of the contamination of the XV of France remain unclear, the former coach of Toulon believes he has faulted somewhere? “Absolutely not, he slices. All my actions were done in compliance with the health protocol. They still are (…) Everything is in the report which has been validated by the Federation and the Ministry of Sports”.