By Simon Galinier
This Tuesday, March 7, 2023, the staff of XV of France Women unveiled the list of 36 players selected for the 6 Nations Tournament 2023 (TikTok Women’s Six Nations), from March 26 to April 29. This group will gather from March 13 to 19 at Blagnac (Haute-Garonne), before starting his competition in Italy.
Boujard and Banet back, Fall package for the whole Tournament
A workforce that includes several neophytes to compensate for the post-World Cup retirements of scrum half Laure Sansus, second line Céline Ferer and third lines Marjorie Mayans and Safi Ndiaye. The experienced Audrey Forlani (31 years old; 56 selections), Caroline Boujard (29 years old; 46 selections), Cyrielle Banet (28 years old; 22 selections) and Jessy Tremouliere (which had dezincified the previous staff of the Blue) are present.
Unlike the second line of the Stade Bordelais Madoussou Fall (24 years old; 23 caps), present at the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand ended at the 3th place. “She was injured with her club last week and will miss the entire tournament,” said co-selector-coach David Ortiz. “We also wish him a good recovery.” Rennes opening half Caroline Drouin and Bobigny winger Joanna Grisez, retained with the France team at VII, do not appear in this list.
2023 6 Nations Tournament: the French Women’s XV group
Forwards: Julie ANNERY (Bordeaux), Rose BERNADOU (Montpellier), Axelle BERTHOMIEU (Blagnac), Léa CHAMPON (Grenoble), Annaëlle DESHAYE (Bordeaux), Célia DOMAIN (Blagnac), Charlotte ESCUDERO (Blagnac), Manaé FELEU (Grenoble), Audrey FORLANI (Blagnac), Emeline GROS (Grenoble), Gaëlle HERMET (Toulouse), Clara JOYEUX (Blagnac), Assia KHALFAOUI (Bordeaux), Coco LINDELAUF (Blagnac), Romane MENAGER (Montpellier), Ambre MIWAYEMBE (Grenoble), Maëlle PICUT (Blagnac), Elisa RIFFONEAU (Rennes), Agathe SOCHAT (Bordeaux), Mabinty SYLLA (Bordeaux)
Three-quarters: Carla ARBEZ (Bordeaux), Cyrielle BANET (Montpellier), Caroline BOUJARD (Montpellier), Emilie BOUJARD (Blagnac), Pauline BOURDON (Toulouse), Morgane BOURGEOIS (Bordeaux), Alexandra CHAMBON (Grenoble), Margaux DUCES (Rennes) ), Marie DUPOUY (Blagnac), Maëlle FILOPON (Toulousain), Lilou GRACIET (Lyon), Maé LEVY (Montpellier), Mélissandre LLORENS (Blagnac), Marine MÉNAGER (Montpellier), Jessy TRÉMOULIÈRE (ASM Romagnat), Gabrielle VERNIER (Blagnac)
“Lay the foundations of our game project and collectively increase in power”
“This is the first list of our new project with David (Ortiz). It’s an important moment and we have worked a lot over the past 2 months to build this list and this staff, “said the Women’s XV coach-trainer, Gaelle Mignot. “The objective of this Tournament will be to lay the foundations of our game project and of rise in power collectively over the matches. We will have to be in the best possible condition when approaching the last match against England at Twickenham. »
For his part, his deputy David Ortizcoach-trainer of Les Bleues, explains that “the training course in Capbreton (Landes), with 40 players, made it possible to review the squad and see certain players before integrating them into the group “and would like to thank the Montpellier club which welcomes the French staff and allows them to prepare before the meeting on Monday 13 March. “We will then have 2 weeks of training before the first match against Italy”, notes the former coach of the forwards of Agen (Pro D2).
Les Bleues schedule for the 2023 Women’s 6 Nations Tournament
- March 26 (3 p.m.): Italy – France (Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium, Parma)
- 1er April (4:15 p.m.): Ireland – France (Musgrave Park, Cork)
- April 16 (4:15 p.m.): France – Scotland (La Rabine Stadium, Vannes)
- April 23 (4:15 p.m.): France – Wales (Stade des Alpes, Grenoble)
- April 29 (14): England – France (Twickenham, London)
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