France v Ireland – Romain Taofifenua, Reda Wardi and Paul Willemse will not play against Scotland

In the press conference after the heavy defeat by Ireland (17-38), Fabien Galthié announced that three of his players will not take part in the match against Scotland next week: Romain Taofifenua, Reda Wardi and Paul Willemse.

France XV’s defeat against Ireland this Friday night in Marseille could question many. Outplayed by the underwhelming Irish, the Blues were simply crushed and have a very woeful start to their 2024 6 Nations tournament. French coach Fabien Galthié at the post-match press conference he also announced some bad news at the press conference. Asked about potential changes for next week’s game against Scotland, the former scrum-half said his squad would not change much but three players are expected to be out on day two.

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Galthié confided: “With the exception of the withdrawal of Romain Taofifenua who has a foot infection, Paul Willems who will be suspended due to his red card and Red Wardi with a wrist injury, I don’t foresee any changes for next week. Romain Taofifenua already after the Ireland game, although initially announced on the substitutes’ bench, will leave a void in the second row as Paul Willemse received a yellow and a red card this Friday and faces a suspension of several weeks. Perhaps it will be Posolo Tuilagi’s time, who saw his first minutes with the Blues against XV du Trèfle.

In his biggest defeat in charge of the French XV, Fabien Galthié highlighted the scenario and in particular the fact that his side quickly found themselves outnumbered to justify the defeat suffered. But not only…

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Reda Wardi is already in a cast on her wrist. Concerns inevitably surround his health. He could be replaced by Sébastien Taofifenua as he is part of the initial group of 34 players called up. Cyril Baille is also present at the post.

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