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Charles Ollivon was appointed captain by Fabien Galthié for the Barbarians’ game against England, played at Twickenham on 19 June. This meeting ended with a solid victory of the baa-baas, on the score from 52 to 21.
After this game, Fabien Galthié announced that the 19 French chosen for the adventure “Barbarians” would travel to Japan. Charles Ollivon’s big return in Blue is imminent. Is that even possible with the captain’s armband? With it being announced that many national team players will be resting, we can assume that Antoine Dupont, the last captain of the XV of France, will not be in the game.
Instead of focusing on him, Charles Ollivon prefers to talk about the group. In an interview with Planet Rugby, the third line of the RCT was impressed by the strong progress made by the XV of France in recent months.
I’ve been so impressed with how the guys have developed over the last year. I think this journey started in Japan in 2019 where many young players started to connect and consolidate but also build our goals. This isn’t a group of 23, but a much larger group of exceptional players who have brought real depth to the roster.
Charles Ollivon focuses on two players in particular whose work he praises. These two players are progressing in his position as they are François Cros and Anthony Jelonch.
We’ve built a lot of depth over the past few seasons. In my absence, François Cros and Anthony Jelonch were exceptional. Our depth is such a big factor and both of these guys have been incredibly effective.
Anthony Jelonch even replaced Charles Ollivon twice as he also served as captain during the Blues’ Australian tour last summer. It’s true that the two Toulouseers did a remarkable job during the Toulonnais’ absence. It is now up to him to take over (again).
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