the 36 Bleues without Fall or Drouin to prepare for the Tournament

The staff of the France team announced on Tuesday a list of 36 players who will leave for a training camp in Blagnac from March 13 to 19, before starting the competition against Italy on March 26 in Parma.

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Regulars to supervise novices and some notable absences. Here is how the list of 36 players selected for the 2023 Six Nations Tournament (from March 26 to April 29, live on France Télévisions and could be summed up, announced by the new management of the France team in a press release, Tuesday, March 7.

Major player of the last World Cup, the second line Madoussou Fall “was injured with her club last week and will miss the entire tournament”, said David Ortiz, co-trainer of the Blue with Gaëlle Mignot. A blow for a selection already deprived of its number ten Caroline Drouin and its winger Joanna Grisez, both present on the rugby circuit at 7 with the France team. Absences which are added to those of historical players like Laure Sansus, Marjorie Mayans, Safi Ndiaye or Céline Ferer, who have retired.

However, the selection will be led by leaders such as former captain Gaëlle Hermet, Agathe Sochat, Pauline Bourdon, Romane Ménager, Jessy Trémoulière or Gabrielle Vernier. Also note the return of some major absentees from the last World Cup, Cyrielle Banet, Audrey Forlani and Caroline Boujard. A first list which marks the debut of a new coaching duo, replacing Thomas Darracq leaving for “personal reasons”, which will aim to lead Les Bleues to the world title in 2025.

France will start the 2023 Tournament with a trip to Italy on March 26, then to Ireland on April 1, before hosting Scotland in Vannes on April 16 and Wales in Grenoble on April 23.
The last match of the Tournament will be played on April 29 in London, at Twickenham, for the “Crunch” against England, usually decisive for the final title. For the past two seasons, Les Bleues have finished second in this competition, behind the English.

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