Six Nations Rugby | Fofana supports young France for its future glory


Veteran center Fofana played alongside part of the new breed for Les Bleus in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations and in preparation for last year’s World Cup.

He was not involved in this year’s championship, but watched as Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Grégory Alldritt, Mohamed Haouas and Julien Marchand – all aged 25 or under – helped France win three out of four, keeping them firmly in the running for a first title since 2010.

And Fofana, 32, believes that the combination of young talent and new, disciplined coaching staff – led by Fabien Galthié – can guide the team to glory in the near future.

“This French XV will win titles, I am sure,” Fofana told Midi Olympique in a large interview. “His first championship [the 2020 Guinness Six Nations] it wasn’t finished but it was great.

“You have to take all the positive points that come and take advantage of them. Do as much as you can with the chosen players and change as little as possible to keep your balance and cohesion.

“It is important because there will be difficult times. The pressure on them will increase, there will be injuries, the opponents will also be careful and adapt.

“Their talent is undeniable. More importantly, it is not just a few players here and there who bring this talent.

“That’s what I know – when I started there were only a few in my generation – there were gaps. This time we see a whole generation suddenly coming together. “

Galthié succeeded Jacques Brunel as head coach of France before the 2020 Championship, although he had worked with Les Bleus for about a year before.

Meanwhile, Fofana liked what he saw from the former Stade Français, Montpellier and Toulon coach – believing that he was the perfect man to lead the new generation.

“Galthié was faithful to what we know about him, he brought his science of rugby,” added Fofana. “He has a flair for the simple things of tactics.

“It leaves freedom but within a strict framework, composed of very basic things. There are a few basic principles of the game and you must follow them.

“Professional rugby is a world where everything moves very quickly and everyone is constantly adapting. To counter it, this French team will need stability. “


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