Even World Rugby is raving about France’s latest combination
It is fair to say that the 9-10-12 combination of Antoine Dupont, Matthieu Jalibert and Romain Ntamack has got plenty of people excited this week, and even World Rugby has joined in.
World Rugby shared a meme on social media on Thursday after Fabien Galthie had announced his team to take on Argentina this Saturday, and it perfectly sums up the excitement there is over the half-back and inside centre combination.
Of course, France’s new captain Antoine Dupont was always going to start at scrum-half as he is the best player in the world for many people. But it was a tough one between Bordeaux Begles’ Jalibert and Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack, so Gatlhie has opted to start both of them instead.
With Gael Fickou joining Ntamack in the centres, this makes a quite devastating midfield, although he did not quite make the cut for World Rugby’s meme. France have matches against Argentina and Georgia before taking on the All Blacks on November 20th, and this back line could be very similar that lines up against the world number ones in a few weeks’ time.
Take a look at the what was shared:
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 4, 2021
France 23 to take on Argentina at the Stade de France:
15-Melvyn Jaminet, 14-Damian Penaud, 13-Gael Fickou, 12-Romain Ntamack, 11-Gabin Villiere, 10-Matthieu Jalibert, 9-Antoine Dupont (capt.), 8-Anthony Jelonch, 7-Cameron Woki, 6-Francois Cros, 5-Paul Willemse, 4-Thibaud Flament, 3-Mohamed Haouas, 2-Julien Marchand, 1-Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16-Peato Mauvaka, 17-Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18-Demba Bamba, 19-Romain Taofifenua, 20-Gregory Alldritt, 21-Sekou Macalou, 22-Maxime Lucu, 23-Jonathan Danty
15-Emiliano Boffelli, 14-Bautista Delguy, 13-Matias Moroni, 12-Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11-Mateo Carreras, 10-Santiago Carreras, 9-Tomas Cubelli, 8-Facundo Isa, 7-Marcos Kremer, 6-Pablo Matera, 5-Tomas Lavanini, 4-Guido Petti, 3-Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2-Julian Montoya (capt.), 1-Thomas Gallo
Replacements: 16-Facundo Bosch, 17-Rodrigo Martinez, 18-Santiago Medrano, 19-Lucas Paulos, 20-Juan Martin Gonzalez, 21-Gonzalo Bertranou, 22-Nicolas Sanchez, 23-Lucio Cinti