France 2017 and the restoration of “les Bleus”
Having not delivered on the promise of restoration of the “flamboyance of les Bleus”, Guy Novès knows that the France 2017 campaign needs to be much improved. Perhaps the most improved of all Six Nations teams. That leaves the question, is France is ready for a come-back?
Their Autumn games would suggest that the French are a lot closer than they were last year. A solid win against Argentina and two very close games with the Kiwis and Aussies in summer suggest that the French have “upped their game”.
The France 2017 opener is a tough one, and will be the indicator to the rest of the competition. Beating the English at Twickenham would send shock waves of euphoria through France.
Maxime Médard could be an inspiration to the France 2017 campaign. His intervention in the Ireland game last season to take the game in the dying minutes of play, is exactly what makes France troublesome from beginning to end.
Kevin Gourdon stands out in a long line of fresh players that stand out. The Summer tour proved to be his making as he impressed with just about every game. A solid back row player that has power and agility.
Guy Novès on France 2017: “What is missing is the cherry on top, to entertain people and to win. We have nothing to be ashamed of, we’re on the right path. We can feel that the team is progressing, everyone can.
France 2017 Squad
Team selection is a resounding nod in the direction of the Autumn games, which France excelled at. Guy Novès has brought in a few fresh faces in the form of Remy Bonfils, Djibril Camara, Xavier Chicci, William Demotte, Alexandre Dumoulin, Kelian Galletier and Kevin Gourdon.
The old faithful powerhouse of Frances experience comes in the form of Guilhem Guirado, Maxime Machenaud, Yoann Maestri, Maxime Medard, Maxime Mermoz, Morgan Parra, Rabah Slimani and Francois Trinh-Duc.