On Tuesday, Fabien Galthié will announce the group of 42 players made available to the France team to prepare for the 6 Nations Tournament. Toulouse will then be deprived of its best French people, but not only…
Jack Willis, la surprise
Freshly landed in Toulouse due to the financial recovery of his former club, the Wasps, Jack Willis is making a very good start to the season. In addition, with the arrival of Steve Borthwick, the cards seem to be redistributed concerning the XV of the Rose, which we risk finding transformed. It is then a chance on which jumped Willis who from the top of his 26 years intends to make people talk about him only 8 months from the World Cup. Currently, the latter has 7 selections with England, but only one tenure, often barred by more experienced players such as Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry or Sam Simmonds. Now, Willis hopes to turn things around, especially with the absence of Tom Curry. For Ugo Mola and Stade Toulousain, this is one more departure to be counted before the period of the 6 Nations Tournament, generally a double-edged sword for the club from the Ville Rose. In addition to the ten French who should be called by Galthié and his staff, here is one more element who will not play with the red and black jersey, just like Ange Capuozzo who should join Italy. For Jack Willis, he is the subject of a derogation from the English federation to be able to be selected, because he was obliged to leave his club during the season.
A list without Nowell, May or Billy Vunipola
Although the main executives who had made the happiness of Eddie Jones and England are again present on this list, Steve Borthwick has still made some changes. Indeed, the new coach has chosen not to renew Jack Nowell and his 42 selections, just like the other emblematic winger of the XV de la Rose, Jonny May. Even stronger, Borthwick decided to deprive himself of the power of Billy Vunipola in the third center line, in favor of players like Alex Dombrant, Ben Earl, Sam Simmonds or Lewis Ludlam. It’s a new era that takes over the England team, with 5 new players discovering the selection for the first time.
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