“We must stop pointing the finger at poor Jalibert and Lucu”, Mignoni defends the hinge

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published 5 hours ago, Updated now

Luci and Jalibert during the 2023 Mone Cup. Andrew Cornaga/ / Photosport / Panoramic

Pierre Mignoni, the manager of Toulon, in an interview with AFP, defended the Girondins who were pushed around during the first two matches of the Tournament.

“We need to stop pointing fingers” the hinge of the XV of France, undermined during the first two days of the Six Nations Tournament, launched Toulon manager Pierre Mignoni in an interview with AFP.

“I don’t think it’s the hinge’s fault. Against Ireland, we saw a France team which was not ready, not like the Irish who were ready and it was seen straight away. France was taken in all sectors”assured Mignoni to AFP.

“We must stop pointing the finger at poor Matthieu Jalibert and Maxime Lucu. It’s always easy, I knew it too, as soon as the team lost it was the hinge’s fault. The hinge has a lot of responsibility on the game, but the whole team has a lot of responsibility on the fight and the things to do.continued the former international scrum half (28 caps between 1997 and 2007).

In the absence of Antoine Dupont, focused on preparing for the rugby sevens events of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and Romain Ntamack, victim of a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee in August »t, the Blues rely in the Six Nations Tournament on the hinge of Bordeaux-Bègles, formed by Matthieu Jalibert at the opening and Maxime Lucu at the scrum.

During the rout against Ireland (38-17), as during the snatched success against Scotland (20-16), the two Girondin players did not convince.

After a week of rest, Lucu and Jalibert will have the opportunity to make up for it against Italy on February 25 in Lille, during the 3rd day of the Tournament.

Former player of Clermont or Béziers in particular, Mignoni (46 years old) notably won the Tournament in 2002 and 2007.


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