Teenager Jalibert at flyhalf for France? You won't see it in SA…

Dean Simpson
February 7, 2018

As Wales prepare to host resurgent Scotland in Cardiff for the Six Nations opener today, Welsh star Sam Warburton is expecting the most competitive edition of Europe's elite global rugby competition.

"We try to put pressure on any fly-half we come up against, so it will be no different with Jalibert this weekend. We probably got out of jail a little bit", the 31-year-old said.

France's 19-year-old fly-half Matthieu Jalibert endured a debut to forget, staying off the field after being given a head injury assessment following a tackle with Bundee Aki that appeared to damage his knee.

"When he struck the drop goal I was just willing it to have enough distance to get over".

France went into the tournament off the back off a awful autumn campaign in which they failed to win any of their four fixtures.

They were reprimanded for not following HIA protocols, although the Untoward Incident Review Group found there was "no clear evidence" France had "tried to obtain a competitive advantage".

Maxime Machenaud will partner Jalibert at half-back but Brunel insisted that choice was more about the Racing 92 scrum-half's current form than to offset his teenage partner's inexperience.

"It will be interesting to see how they develop the way they play".

"I think the officials are
trying really hard to protect all 30 people on the pitch". "One of the reasons is to find out", said Schmidt when asked if Ryan was ready for such a challenge.

"England and Ireland are hot favourites, it could all come down to the last round where Twickenham plays host to these two teams in what will be a mouth-watering encounter".

"All our goals would've crumbled if we'd lost." the British and Irish Lion told the BBC. That was in 2000 as well as 2014 but on each occasion it was only won by two points. So I'd hope that it's not.

Because I can't deal with the "Ja, that's what happens when you play an inexperienced flyhalf" comments if he doesn't...

While BOD felt that Nigel Owens' officiating left a lot to be desired on Saturday, he says that the HIA issue is not the fault of the referee.

It's that time of the year when Six Nations Rugby returns to our screens, with five physically intense rounds of competition spread across February and Match.

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