The team is known. The French Rugby Federation and the coach of the XV of France, Jacques Brunel, unveiled this Thursday the holders to face South Africa, Saturday, at 9:05 pm, at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis ).
The composition is as follows: Medard – Thomas, Bastareaud, Doumayrou, Penaud – (o) Lopez, (m) Serin – Lauret, Picamoles, Iturria – Maestri, Vahaamahina – Gomes Sa, Guirado (cap.), Poirot.
The tenure of Arthur Iturria in 3e line was not the most anticipated choice.
For this first match of the autumn tour against one of the major nations of rugby, the stadium should not be refueling. While the French team has experienced results in sharp decline for several years, including nine defeats, two wins and a draw in one year, the Federation has put up for sale this week, tickets to -50% to garnish as much as possible the Stade de France.
After the match against South Africa, the Blues will face Argentina on 17 November in Villeneuve-d'Ascq (North). They will then return to Saint-Denis, on November 24, to challenge Fiji.
In autumn 2019, the France team will participate in the World Cup. It will take place in Japan.