Gaël Fickou (24 years old, 39 caps) may well show a sparkling form with the Stade Français at the beginning of this Top 14 (6 tries in 7 games), he gnaws his brakes with the XV of France. "Obviously it's frustrating, it's never fun," said the Paris club's flagship rookie, in which he lost a few pounds thanks to the demanding physical preparation of athletic director Heyneke Meyer. I wait patiently my turn and I'm sure he will come. "
Fickou was the first man on the French bench to enter the pitch against the Boks instead of Doumayrou (53). But he still has not been tenured in the center, his favorite position, since Brunel became coach end of 2017. "Given my start to the season, I hoped to have better, necessarily, he blows. But I respect the coach's choices. "
The package of Damian Penaud, announced on Monday for France-Argentina next Saturday could change the situation. A place is thus free at the wing where Jacques Brunel likes to use Fickou. "I do not know if they want to put me in the wing or in the center," said the Parisian in the morning. They see me as a versatile player. It can be a weapon but also a handicap. My job is to play center. But if I'm told to play on the wing, I play on the wing. "