The hatchet has definitely been dug up. This Sunday, the presidents of the Top 14 clubs voted unanimously against the release of the players summoned by Fabien Galthié for the first match of the autumn tour against Wales, scheduled for October 24 at the XV of France. A threat which, for the president of RC Toulon Bernard Lemaître, is anything but a posture. To the question of whether Charles Ollivon, captain of the selection, can be absent at Marcoussis in a week, the response of the Var leader is clear. “Yes, we can imagine that. We can imagine everything at this stage, assures the successor of Mourad Boudjellal in an interview with RMC. If he goes to Marcoussis, it is to prepare France-Wales, a match that has been added for the needs of a cause that we do not understand. “
Lemaître: “The real problem is France-Wales”
A week after this match against the Welsh, the XV of France must conclude the 6 Nations Tournament against Ireland, still at the Stade de France. But, for this meeting, the deal is totally different according to Bernard Lemaître. “For the game against Ireland a week later, it’s different. Everyone admits that it will and must be played, before the three other matches which follow which do not pose any questions, adds the boss of the RCT about the three meetings of the Autumn Nations Cup vis-a-vis Fiji, in Scotland and Italy. The real problem is France-Wales. “While the LNR has reached out to the FFR and ensures that it is open to the idea of five matches for the XV of France this fall, Bernard Lemaître presents himself as optimistic. “Yes, I am a die-hard optimist. Maybe I’m wrong, assures the latter. We need new discussions with the Federation to discuss again this convention which alone determines the possible attitude for the players. “Negotiations that promise to be tense.