For the launch of the Rugby World Cup, France faces this Friday evening at 9 p.m. New Zealand in the opening match. Facing the All Blacks, triple world champions, the pressure is strong for the Blues. But Fabien Galthié’s men have a secret weapon that could make the difference: kicking.
This practice is not however a historical specialty of the XV of France. Only six years ago, he used it half as much. It is with the arrival of Fabien Galthieat the end of 2019, that the Blues gradually integrate it into their system and return to success. So why this change? Has the foot become the best weapon to win in rugby?
Video explanation, with the friendly participation of ASM Clermont Auvergne.
Sources of this video:
- “Effectiveness of kicking game in rugby union”Bill Gerrard, Stats Perform.com.
- “France six nations team preview”Jonny McCormick, Opta Analyst.
- “200 years of history, the rules that have dusted off the game”Jérôme Prévot, Rugbyrama.
- “This kicking game is becoming worrying”Frédéric Bernès, The Team.
- “So why do teams kick so much in modern rugby? »“Squidge Rugby”, YouTube