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Rugby: Matthieu Jalibert-Owen Farrell, the student facing his master


In the absence of Romain Ntamack, the young opener of the XV of France must show against England and one of “the best opening backs in the world” that he can be more than a luxury replacement.

Far from the clichés cleverly maintained on the ancestral rivalry between France and England, Matthieu Jalibert, the young opener of the XV of France (22 years old, 7 selections), has never hidden his admiration for Owen Farrell (29 years old, 86 selections). The captain and master of the XV de la Rose is surely the most hated rugby player on the oval planet, but the UBB player does not care. “He’s a player who inspires me a lot, he’s one of the best opening backs in the world, he emphasizes. I had the chance to meet him during the last Six Nations Tournament. For Jalibert, “It’s always a great opportunity and always a pleasure to be able to face world-class players. I learn a lot by watching them and playing against them. ”

Sunday, Owen Farrell will not evolve at the opening (left as usual to George Ford) but in the center, in a role of second number 10. Matthieu Jalabert, him, will be at the helm of a XV of France more than inexperienced. “It’s okay

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