Jacques Brunel has chosen to trust the Blues beaten last weekend by South Africa at the Stade de France in the very last moments (29-26) to face Argentina on Saturday (21h05) in Villeneuve-d'Ascq (North). With two exceptions. The winger Clermont Damian Penaud, package, is replaced by the Toulouse Yoann Huget (31 years, 51 selections). And three-quarter center Paris Gaël Fickou (24 years old, 39 caps) was preferred Rochelais Geoffrey Doumayrou (29 years, 9 caps).
"Given the excellent start to the season of Fickou, we knew very well that we would line him up on this tour, explains the coach. We wanted to start on the first match with Doumayrou because he played the Six Nations Tournament and the New Zealand Tour alongside Mathieu Bastareaud. He had a concussion problem with the Springboks, so we let him rest. "
Against Argentina, invigorated by the arrival of Mario Ledesma and his assistant Gonzalo Quesada, the XV of France will have to be less fragile in key moments than against South Africans. "Some observers have mentioned the need for mental preparation but we do not have many levers in this area, says Brunel. For it to be effective, it must be done in time and individually. Some players already use it. We can not put together something collective with the rhythm of the French rugby calendar. "
After having pointed, in front of his players, the various errors which led to a fifth defeat of rank, the coach quickly passed at the beginning of the week in the preparation of the test against the Pumas. "There were terrible frustrations, I hope it will serve as a lesson," concluded Brunel.