By Anthony Assemat
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Sunday, November 20, 2022, will probably be a celebration on the XV of France with the arrival of Japan on the Stadium of Toulouse, at 2 p.m. Coach’s Blues Fabien Galthie stay on 12 victories in a row (the final in Marseille in opposition to the reigning world champions, South Africa, 30-26), together with two in opposition to these similar Japanese this summer time.
The France workforce and the Stadium, it is a love story and an actual communion. And in addition good reminiscences! A glance again on the final 5 worldwide matches which have seen the Blues play in Haut-Garonne.
France-Samoa 2016: 52-8 victory
2016 was a really blended 12 months for French rugby. The coach is then a sure Man Noves and this autumn tour ought to permit the France workforce to relaunch. The primary take a look at match takes place in opposition to Samoa in Toulouse in an enormous environment. The Blues make the present and the Toulousains Huget and Fickou go there for his or her essay (seven essays in all). The match is marked by the massive efficiency of Vakatawa on the wing and the harm of quantity 10 Trinh-Duc.
However the breath would fall with two slim defeats thereafter in opposition to Australia and New Zealand on the Stade de France. The well-known “encouraging defeats” which subsequently broken the popularity of the Blues.
France-South Africa 2009: 20-13 victory
The Blues beat the Springboks after a homeric match and disputed arbitration final weekend in Marseille (30-26). Earlier than that, the final victory in opposition to the “Sud-Afs” dated again to 2009… and it was at Toulouse Stadium ! The French imposed an actual bodily problem and gained thanks specifically to a strive by former star Vincent Clerc (20-13).
Connoisseurs also needs to keep in mind a monumental “cartridge” delivered by Chabal to opener Bok Steyn.
France-Namibia 2007: victory 87-10
The 2007 World Cup, organized partly in France, stays a contrasting reminiscence for France with a feat within the quarter-finals in opposition to the Blacks in Cardiff (Wales) however a 4e place unhooked, in the long run.
Within the group stage, the Blues performed on the Stadium in opposition to the weakest workforce within the group, Namibia. Clerc had provided himself a hat-trick and Chabal, a unbelievable experience which nonetheless makes its stats on YouTube. It was for The Blues by Bernard Laporte to scrub away the affront of the inaugural defeat in opposition to Argentina (17-12) on the Stade de France.
>> In video: Chabal’s mind-blowing strive in opposition to Namibia in 2007 <<
France-Tonga 2005: 43-8 victory
A match in opposition to the Tongans isn’t straightforward. The defeat on the 2011 World Cup and the very slim victory in 2019 attest to this… In 2005, the Blues made a 4/4 on the autumn sequence, beating the Australians and the South Africans in passing. The match in opposition to Tonga befell in Toulouse. A messy match however gained fingers down by the gamers at Le Coq (43-8).
>> Relive the twoe France-Tonga half-time 2005 <<
France-Fiji 1999: 28-19 victory
Earlier than the legendary victory in opposition to the All Blacks of Jonah Lomu within the semi-finals (43-31), the Blues had suffered martyrdom in chickens, profitable with out glory in opposition to Canada in Béziers (Herault) and popping out of nowhere in opposition to the fearsome and unpredictable Fijians. We’re October 16, 1999 and the feat is looming for the Iliens on the Stadium of Toulouse, who then lead 19-13 with ten minutes remaining.
After an limitless sequence of scrums dominated by the Blues, the referee then awarded a penalty strive. An unimaginable state of affairs in rugby in 2022… Then the Blues unrolled to finish up profitable.
France-New Zealand 1995: 22-15 victory
It was a thunderstorm on November 11, 1995 and it was a blue twister that fell on the reigning world champions New Zealand with a 22-15 victory and three tries to nil in opposition to Jonah Lomu, Jeff Wilson and black stars.
The world of rugby found specifically that 12 months two youngsters who had been going to have an excellent profession: the Toulousain Thomas Castaignede and the Landes Richard Dourthe.
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