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Video: the XV of France in training in a military camp

The XV of France began its preparation course for the 6 Nations Tournament in Aubagne with… the Foreign Legion.

To go to war and win the title next March, the technical staff of the Blues decided to put the way. And what better than to prepare soldiers? For a week, the French rugby players, who have registered several withdrawals due to Covid-19, will carry out specific workshops in the Carpiagne military camp.

“In accordance with the will of Fabien Galthié and Bernard Laporte, the XV of France comes to the Regiment to harden its preparation, explained Colonel Henri Leinekugel Le Cocq, corps commander of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment, to La Provence. We are going to offer a setting that will take players out of their Marcoussis habits, in a more rustic and austere environment where, at certain times during their stay, comfort will give way to cohesion, the spirit of body and fraternity. This form of ‘military’ must contribute to consolidating the moral forces of the team.

The Blues will remain on training in the south – they are housed in Cassis and will train at the Christian-Martelli stadium in Aubagne – until Friday February 4. They will then fly to Paris for the first day of the 6 Nations Tournament against Italy, Sunday February 6 at the Stade de France (4 p.m.).

“The objective of this experience is to put the players in optimal conditions of preparation. It means finding a balance between our comfortable living environment and immersion in a totally different setting, an environment that inspires, detailed Raphaël Ibanez, manager of the XV of France at AFP. There will be nothing military, no non-rugby exercise planned at the moment, simply exchanges on the experience of this corporation.

Note that Fabien Galthié, coach of the XV of France, has to do without several players and in particular the Toulousains Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, positive for Covid-19.

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