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silence Paris fans or risk being fried by the French, warns Tony Marsh – .


Former French midfielder Tony Marsh suspects former teammate Raphael Ibanez of using intelligence gathered during a stay in New Zealand to challenge the All Blacks in Paris.

Given that he played 21 tests for France between 2001 and 2004, Marsh is well placed to give an overview of France’s reaction before and during the test against the All Blacks at the Stade de France on Sunday morning.

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All Blacks forwards coach John Plumtree on the pain channel and if half-back Aaron Smith is playing against France.

New Zealander Marsh was led by Fabien Galthie and Ibanez, who now coach and lead France, and he noted that the latter allegedly gathered valuable intellectual property on the psyche of rugby player Kiwi when he worked as an assistant with Thames Valley in 2019.

Previous French teams have watched the All Blacks haka or, as was the case before the 2011 World Cup final in Auckland, formed a “V” formation. As for Paris, who knows?

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“Dude, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did something different,” Marsh said. “Especially after Ibanez came here.

“I guess when you do something you have to make sure that it works in your favor and doesn’t take away everything else that is going on. The haka is one thing, but the rest has to follow, right? “

Galthie replaced Jacques Brunel after the 2019 World Cup and the stories of how he treated the club’s players were mind-boggling.

“He’s an interesting character,” Marsh reflected. “He can be a pretty intense, focused type of the type. But at the same time, he’s very clear about what he does and what he wants to accomplish as a team.

“Bringing Raphael Ibanez, I think that’s part of it – it’s also had something (how the team works). “

Marsh believes Galthie and Ibanez have installed more pride in the French jersey. The addition of Shaun Edwards as a defense coach is part of the plan to win the 2023 World Cup at home.

Former French test hooker Raphael Ibanez worked as an assistant coach with Thames Valley in 2019.
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Former French test hooker Raphael Ibanez worked as an assistant coach with Thames Valley in 2019.

Ibanez is also said to have returned to his homeland with ideas on how to pollinate the France squad with ideas from Down Under. Marsh says he wasn’t there just to indulge his passion for surfing and fishing.

“Especially around the theme and building the culture of a team – so that they have a clear vision of what they want to create. “

It’s worth not reading too much about France’s 2-1 loss to the Wallabies in Australia over the winter, given that Galthie picked a side devoid of their best players: France finished second in the Six. Nations.

French coach Fabien Galthie was named after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
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French coach Fabien Galthie was named after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The French will have been encouraged by Ireland’s 29-20 victory over the All Blacks in Dublin last weekend, but Marsh doesn’t think they will be complacent.

“They won’t be arrogant but I think it will give them a little confidence that the All Blacks are not invincible, that they are beatable.

“In the past, France has been guilty of giving a little too much respect to ABs. Respect is good but I know, having been involved in it, they sometimes give them too much. They will have a little more conviction that they can push them, that’s for sure. “

The Stade de France, with a capacity of 82,000 people, was Marsh’s favorite stadium. The noise generated by hissing and cheering – and taunting and booing if their team was underperforming – can make it an intimidating place for visiting teams.

The chances of winning the All Blacks will be improved if they can score early and silence the fans.

“The great thing for the Frenchies is if the crowd gets behind them, they’re in it with a show,” Marsh said. “The longer they stay in the game, the harder they will be to beat. “

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