The Union Bordeaux-Bègles will export its hinge to Aichi, Japan.

Scrum-half Maxime Lucu and fly-half Matthieu Jalibert will start in the first game of the XV of France's Japanese tour.

An unsurprising choice given the list of Blues brought by Fabien Galthié, who put to rest several winners of the last Grand Slam, including the Toulousains Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, number 1 choices for the positions of n ° 9 and n ° 10 .

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First match of the Summer Tour, Saturday July 2 at 8 a.m. on @TF1!

When you wake up ⏰😁#NeFaisonsXV #JAPFRA

– France Rugby (@FranceRugby) June 30, 2022

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Two players will celebrate their first selection in the starting XV: the third line of Racing 92 (and future Rochelais) Yoan Tanga (25 years old), as well as the second line of UBB Thomas Jolmès (26 years old).

Ollivon's big comeback

As expected, the Toulon third line Charles Ollivon is making a comeback with the captain's stripes, for his first match in Blue since March 26, 2021 against Scotland, two months before a serious knee injury.

10 “Slamards” will also start for this first test.

A second is scheduled for July 9 in Tokyo, before the reunion in France on November 20 in Toulouse.


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