After its victory against the All Blacks in November, France is one of the favorites for the Six Nations Tournament, which it begins on Sunday February 6 against Italy. The British press applauds this tricolor renewal while increasing the pressure, a year and a half from the World Cup in France.

the XV of France can put an end to “twelve years of suffering” by winning the Six Nations Tournament? The Blues are in any case “in good form”, according to the specialized site Planet Rugby, them who have not won the competition since the 2010 Grand Slam.

Coach Fabien Galthié’s men are among the competition favourites, having blown away world rugby in 2021 with “an incredibly talented team”, developed Planet Rugby.

Despite a narrowly lost 2021 tournament and finished in second place behind Wales, the XV of France beat Australia (28-26) in Melbourne in July, for the first time in thirty years, specifies Andy Bull, sports journalist from Guardian. The Blues then ended the year in style, at the Stade de France, beating New Zealand (40-25).

“The hour has come”, insists Andy Bull. France must “take a step” by winning a trophy, a year and a half before a World Cup scheduled on its soil. For the journalist of Guardian,

the tournament will be a test of France’s ability to string together performances, like the ones it will need in 2023”.

Antoine Dupont, world star

To do this, the Blues will be able to rely on a team of “kids” already mature, to analyse The Times. Scrum-half and captain Antoine Dupont, voted best player of the year by World Rugby (the governing body of world rugby), is “the headliner of a team that includes some of the best players in the world”.

Columnist Stuart Barnes, former England fly-half, quotes in particular prop Cyril Baille and hooker Julien Marchand, third center line Grégory Alldritt, “spearhead of a wonderfully balanced backline” and composed, among others, of the opener Romain Ntamack and the back and striker Melvyn Jaminet.

France will still have to “take up the challenge imposed by Ireland and England”, warns Planet Rugby. the XV du Trèfle, the nickname of the Irish team, is the other team in form at the moment having been unbeaten since February 2021 – when they lost to France – and also beat the All Blacks in November.

For its part, England will be deprived of its captain, Owen Farrell, injured, but remains a formidable opponent, just like the XV Scotch Thistle and XV Welsh Leek. Italy, the weakest opponent on paper, seems promised in last place in the standings.

For predictions, the london tabloid The Mirror according to former international referee Nigel Owens, national star in Wales:

If I had to bet, I would bet on France.”

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