The XV of France responded this year. Under the leadership of Fabien Gatlhié, the Blues have found a team cohesion which is their strength and it was felt in their results.
2020 was to mark a new start for the XV of France. After the failure of Jacques Brunel and a quarter-final of the World Cup lost against Wales (20-19), the Blues, led by Fabien Galthié, showed character. And especially the talent thanks to which they have chained the victories, the objective set by their new coach, at the start of the year.
In quick succession, England, Italy even if it is not a surprise, and Wales have broken their teeth on a tricolor group united and more determined than ever in its quest to replace the rooster at the top of world rugby. A defeat in Scotland (28-17) nevertheless deprived captain Charles Ollivon and his teammates of the title, due to a goal average favoring England. A setback but not a halt. The pandemic has not cut the Blues in their tracks.
Galthié could not have started better
Fabien Galthié’s players displayed sparkling form during the Autumn Nations Cup by finishing first in their group. Once again, England spoiled the party by taking over the Blues in the final, after extra time (22-19). However, the second tricolor group called up because of the rule of the three match sheets was not unworthy, like Anthony Jelonch, Gabin Villière or Cameron Woki.
Not to mention the resounding return of Brice Dulin to the rear, three years after his last selection. On an accounting point, the XV of France can be satisfied to have won 7 of its 9 matches of the year (not counting the forfeit victory against the Fijdi) and to be moved up to 4th place in the World Rugby ranking, or a three-tier voucher since January. Fabien Galthié, for his part, has a large group in which everyone has shown qualities, enough to hope for the next few years filled with success.