France – New Zealand: Additional examinations at the start of the week for Marchand, probably out for a month

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RUGBY The starting hooker for the Blues is not sure if he can return before the quarter-finals after his thigh injury at the start of the match against the Blacks < p>France - New Zealand: Additional examinations at the beginning of the week for Marchand, probably absent for a month

Julien Marchand will be absent for the entire group stage of the 2023 World Cup. — Anne-Christine POUJOULAT

France XV hooker Julien Marchand, injured; during the victory against the All Blacks (27-13), will take “additional exams” at the start of the week, indicated Saturday Blues assistant coach Laurent Labit.

Marchand, out in the 12th minute of the match, would suffer, according to his coach Fabien Galthié, from a “tear” à a hamstring, an injury that could deprive him of the entire group stage of the World Cup.

A reasonable return for the quarterfinals?

The absence of the hooker is a hard blow for the French first line, one of the strengths of the XV of France, since it is added to that of the French team. that of the left pillar Cyril Baille, affected; à a calf, whose return date is unknown; the competition.

« Julien will take exams at the start of the week. We hope it's not very serious (…) Once we have the diagnosis and the verdict of his injury, we will make a decision, confided Labit.

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“ We still have two hookers in the group, Peato Mauvaka and Pierre Bourgarit. We also have pillars who can play hooker. There are no worries. There is no reason to panic: we are not going to rush, we have a match (against Uruguay, editor's note) which will happen on Thursday where, in any case, Julien n’ was not planned in the rotation,” continued the coach in charge of the attack of the XV of France.

Marchand (28 years old, 31 caps) s&rsquo ;is injured à left thigh in Friday's World Cup opener victory over the All Blacks (27-13).

“He tore a hyperextension tear on a scraping. He preferred “I had to go out, he was too diminished,” he explained. coach Fabien Galthié after the match.

“ Given the symptoms, we imagine a muscular problem at the end of the match. an ischium,” he added. The Blues face Uruguay on Thursday, then Namibia on September 21 and Italy on October 6.