The XV of France lived a nightmare Sunday losing one after two of his players for the Six Nations, his captain Thierry Dusautoir and his wingman Sofiane Guitoune.
The two stories, those that feared every weekend the Blues manager Philippe Saint-Andre, fell less than two hours apart. An exception and a finisher with full confidence tackle: the Blues have lost much.
The best player in the world in 2011 was injured in Saturday’s last meeting hen European Cup Toulouse in Parma (16-6), he played in full.
A few minutes after the announcement of this package winger Sofiane Guitoune, as young as dashing (24 years, 2 selections, one trial), left the lawn of Aime-Giral stadium in Perpignan where Gloucester hosted the European Cup.
Clear verdict: Total rupture of the Achilles tendon. The second leading scorer in the Top 14 (8 trials) will be operated on Monday and ended his season, announced the Catalan coaching.
Bruni and Buttin called
The third line Virgil Bruni (24 years, no selection) and rear-winger Jean-Marcellin Buttin (22 years, 2 Sel.) Have suddenly been called the group of 30 players XV of France who met Sunday night Canet-en-Roussillon (Pyrénées-Orientales) for a training camp in the Tournament.
“These packages are a double whammy,” lamented Philippe Saint-André. “Thierry was back to his best and had an important leadership role in this group .To Sofiane is a halt. Holds twice the wing last November, it had found its way into our collective with its vista and punch. ”
The national manager chose not to call the scrum half Morgan Parra and striker, who made his return from injury last week, preferring to work with two complete group of fifteen players during the week.
“Pascal Pape, who has assumed the captaincy in 2012 and 2013 (in the absence of Dusautoir, ed) know how to lead his troops in the right direction early in the tournament and the first match against England, I some “added” PSA “.
After a disastrous 2013, the Blues know indeed very expected for a high-risk Tournament 2014 which will begin on February 1 against England at the Stade de France.
Toulouse and Perpignan penalized
They absolutely need to forget last year, marked by just two wins in eleven games, which is more against second-tier nations (Scotland and Tonga). But for the first meeting of the year, a “Crunch” already fundamental for further tournament, they will have to do without such experience and the reassuring presence of the “Dark Destroyer” Thierry Dusautoir as had nicknamed the All Blacks.
These injuries also affect obviously the brunt of the clubs of the players.
Toulouse certainly maintains outposts in the Top 14 and will play a quarter-final European Cup but the Upper Garonne struggling to reassure and suffer outside, especially in the Championship.
Dusautoir addition, the Red and Black now must deal without Luke McAlister, who suffers from the same injury, nor Florian Fritz and Gregory Lamboley frames. A slaughter to be managed when addressing the European deadlines and end championship that looks extremely tight.
Perpignan is even worse off. Eliminated European Cup, the USAP has lost one of its best assets in its struggle to maintain in the Top 14.