6 Nations Tournament: ​​​​​​​“All week, instead of shooting at us, Fabien sublimated us”, the Blues are uniting around Galthié

6 Nations Tournament: ​​​​​​​“All week, instead of shooting at us, Fabien sublimated us”, the Blues are uniting around Galthié

Le flanker Charles Ollivon évoque le lien de confiance l'unissant au sélectionneur Fabien Galthié. MAXPPP – Andrew Milligan

Galthié dans le cœur de ses hommes. "Si les joueurs le lâchent, c'est fini", assure son prédécesseur au poste Guy Novès.  

"He is fully behind us and we are fully behind him" : despite a start of the laborious 6 Nations Tournament, the coach of the XV of France Fabien Galthié maintains the support of his players. For how long ? The formula came back like a mantra during his press conference announcing the team composition for the match against Italy about ten days ago .

Solemn in the face of the criticism suffered by the Blues after a complicated start to the Tournament, Galthié had appealed on several occasions to the "hearts of men" . Before facing Wales on Sunday in Cardiff for the 4th and penultimate day, the coach remains in the hearts of his men, whom he almost systematically renews despite counter-attacks. individual performances and calls for change.

Fickou appreciates "non-changes"

"Maybe in another time they would have changed half the team" after a defeat as scathing as the one suffered at the start against Ireland (38-17), Gaël Fickou took over the following weekend following the success snatched in Scotland (20-16).

I think the team has complete confidence in him. He is fully behind us and we are fully behind him

"All week, instead of shooting at us, Fabien sublimated us", continued the experienced three-quarter center (29 years old, 88 caps). "Despite the difficulty, the pressure from the press, the pressure from everyone, he doesn't let go of his players because'he believes in us." "Today he relies on people with strong character and he too has an enormous character, because this n' ;#39;s never easy. I think the team has complete confidence in him. He is fully behind us and we are fully behind him."

Ollivon evokes mutual trust between the coach and the players

Another French locker room executive, Charles Ollivon (30 years old, 42 caps), openly expressed his support for Galthié before the pitiful draw conceded against Italy (13-13) at Lille. "When he called me up in 2019 to go to the World Cup in Japan as a reserve, I had only played six or seven matches in the Top 14 after my injuries&quot ;, he said.

"This mark of trust, I will certainly remember it all my life." "There is obviously mutual trust and it's a bit the same for all the players", said the third row. "We have a special relationship with him. We like each other. We must always give back what we are given." First captain of the Galthié era, Ollivon has since lost this role, first for the benefit of Antoine Dupont, then Grégory Alldritt.

We know that in the French team, it's fleeting, everything can go quickly in both directions

Would this unit withstand a defeat at Cardiff ? 

The "great Charles" does not, however, seem to hold it against the coach, under whom he had already played under club orders, in Toulon. "It's a difficult bond to describe, quite strong", he said again. “We know that in the French team, it's fleeting, everything can go quickly in both directions. We have to give everything for this jersey, for this group, for this staff and Fabien is one of them." "We all have unique stories,", insisted Ollivon.

"We've been together from the beginning and we'll get to the end together. It's one of the strong things that has allowed us to win a lot in recent years and on which we will continue to rely for the future." Would the mutual trust between Galthié and his locker room withstand another defeat on Sunday in Cardiff ?

It's a question of survival, according to former coach Guy Novès, sacked along the way in 2017. "If the players let go, it's over. So he has an interest in protecting them", the former emblematic coach of Toulouse, well placed to know, told Le Parisien.

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