XV France were defeated in Marseille by Ireland (17-38). The yellow card and then the red card received by Paul Willemse weighed heavily. The Montpellier player is the second French player to be sent off twice on the international stage.
Red card victim against Ireland on Friday in Marseille, Paul Willemse joined the closed circle of twice-excluded Frenchmen in international matches. It will connect Mohamed Haouas sent against Scotland in 2020 and then in 2023. Paul Willemse has already received a red card against Wales in 2021. In the 67th minute, the second line of the XV was sanctioned a red card for going through the neck, but especially a hand to the face of Alun Wyn Jones at eye level. This time the Montpellier player was sent off after two yellow cards for two dangerous tackles, a shoulder to the head of Porter and then Doris.
17 excluded in history
So Paul Willemse completely missed out on his return to the Blues. He was called up to compensate for the withdrawal of Emmanuel Meafou when he missed the World Cup due to injury. The former South Africa Under-20 international was first selected for the Blues in 2019 and has 31 caps to date.
We remind you of the list players who have already received a red card in blue: Jean-Pierre Garuet, Alain Lorieux, Alain Carminati, Abdelatif Benazzi, Philippe Gallart, Grégoire Lascubé, Vincent Moscato, Olivier Roumat (with world selection), Philippe Sella, Jean-Jacques Crenca, Yoann Maestri, Rabah Slimani, Benjamin Fall, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Mohamed Haouas, Paul Willemse and Antoine Dupont.