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Les Bleus 4th in the world, a French best player of the 6 Nations?

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 2, 2020
Auspicious period for the XV of France. After a good start to the 6 Nations Tournament at the start of 2020, Fabien Galthiรฉ’s players have not weakened despite a long break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic in the world. Victorious over Ireland (35-27), the Blues have once again climbed a rank in the world rankings decreed by World Rugby by doubling their last victim, as a week ago after their success against Wales (38-21). Sixth in early October, France is now fourth a few weeks later, behind South Africa, New Zealand and England.

Thus, the French are getting a little closer to the World Top 3, the coach’s stated objective when he took office. If the recent winners of the 6 Nations seem untouchable for the time being, the Blues will already have to be wary of the teams below to confirm their renewal. All the more so, with the agreement between the FFR and the LNR, Galthiรฉ will have to deal with new elements during three matches of the Autumn Nations Cup, against Scotland, Italy and possibly a big nation. (England, Ireland, Wales) in the classification match.

A French best player of the 6 Nations?

Finally, if this 4th place is interesting, it will have no use for the draw for the 2023 World Cup, France being hat 2 because 7th in the standings after the World Cup in Japan in 2019, and will therefore be entitled to a big nation in its group. Other reasons for satisfaction, Charles Ollivon is the best scorer in the 2020 6 Nations Tournament, with four achievements. The French captain is notably ahead of his teammate Romain Ntamack and two Welshmen, namely Justin Tipuric and Josh Adams. For his part, Ntamack is the best director with 57 points (three tries, nine transformations and eight penalties), ahead of the Irishman Jonathan Sexton (51).

Finally, three players of the XV of France were nominated for the title of best player of the tournament, namely Grรฉgory Alldritt, Antoine Dupont and the opener of Toulouse. For the rest, we find the English Maro Itoje and Ben Youngs, and the Irish CJ Stander in this preselection, while the votes are open. It remains to be seen if one of the Blues will succeed Alun Wyn Jones, titled in 2019. This would be a first for France, never awarded for the moment since the appearance of this honorary trophy in 2004.