Rugby. The forgotten French team of the year: let’s fix it with the real XV-type of 2022

Ardie Savea, Damian Penaud and Eben Etzebeth are part of the XV-type of 2022 from the writing of Actu Rugby. (©Icon Sport)

The 2022 season of the XV of France was historic: with 10 victories in as many games, it is undefeated over the calendar year for the first time in its history. Fabien Galthiehe has a record record as coach of the Blues.

However, during World Rugby Awards organized in Monaco on November 20, France was largely forgotten. No trophies won, and especially alone two players present in the XV-type of the year (Antoine Dupont and Grégory Alldritt). Surprising for the only team that didn’t bite the dust. On the web, the selection made by the jury caused a stir, with in particular a lot of incomprehension about the absence of French people.

World Rugby Awards 2022: the men’s XV of the year

The XV of the year: Steward (England); Jordan (New Zealand), Am (South Africa), De Allende (South Africa), Koroibete (Australia); (o) Sexton (Ireland), (m) Dupont (France); Van der Flier (Ireland), Alldritt (France), Matera (Argentina); Whitelock (New Zealand), Beirne (Ireland); Furlong (Ireland), Marx (South Africa), Genge (England).

Actu Rugby’s XV-type of the year 2022

Within the editorial staffRugby News, we have decided to develop our XV-type of the year 2022. After taking into account collective and individual performances, the result is a formation with some differences compared to that elected during the World Rugby Awards. We place ourselves in particular 5 Français. Chauvinism? A little, perhaps, but also a fair amount of objectivity.

Actu Rugby’s XV-Type of the Year 2022

The XV of the year: Steward (England); Penaud (France), Am (South Africa), De Allende (South Africa), Van der Merwe (Scotland); (o) Sexton (Ireland), (m) Dupont (France); Van der Flier (Ireland), Alldritt (France), Savea (New Zealand); Etzebeth (South Africa), Beirne (Ireland); Furlong (Ireland), Marchand (France), Baille (France).

The XV-type 2022 of Actu Rugby: the explanations

Within the attacking line, we have decided to review the winger positions. Comment do not put Damien Penaud ? With 8 achievements, he is one of the best scorers of the year. The Clermontois was above all decisive with the Blues, the real X factor, as during his achievement against Australia at the Stade de France. On the left, there was a debate. Marika Koroibete? It’s 2 tries in a formation that clearly disappointed. Jordan? OK, on ​​a small weakness for his talent, but on a preferred option Duhan Van der Merwevery consistent, strong in duels and author of 5 trials.

In 3e line, we know that our choice will make people react. Yes, Ardie Savea is not a number 6, but he has carried the All Blacks at arm’s length this season. His team has often disappointed, even if they won the Rugby Championship, but he has always been colossal. Strong in duels, formidable scratcher, technically very good, he scored 5 tries in 11 games. And as Alldritt, winner of the Grand Slam and the Champions Cup is inexorable…

In the second line, Eben Etzebeth was very safe, much more than the aging Sam Whitelock whose years are beginning to weigh. On the front line, there was a debate between Cyril Baille and Ellis Genge. In contrast, Julien Marchand appeared as obvious. The hooker of the Blues is now the size of a boss, admitting to being very regular, reliable in conquest and expert in the ground game. And then, it also crowns an exceptional year for France.

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