Despite the French team’s win against Wales on Saturday 20 March, the Blues have rarely been defended since the start of the tournament. The reason for these difficulties is the absence of France’s XV defense coach Sean Edwards for family reasons.
While the French team was preparing to shock against Wales, the coach of the Blues’ defense, Sean Edwards, could not find a place in Fabian Galthey’s staff. In an interview with the BBC on Monday, 22 March, the Englishman explained that he had been touched by his mother’s death early last week. He had to leave Markosis to return to the United Kingdom.
“I informed Fabian Galthey (Coach of France) And Rafal Ibnez (France team director) Which I got a car, which I drove out of Heathrow (London) Until Wigan to console my father, who suffers from precarious dementia (…) It was a really terrible week. Sean Edwards said.
An orphan defense
Prematurely leaving France’s XV, the British could not help prepare for the meeting against the Welsh, whom they guarded for more than a decade before joining the Blues. “I came on friday (19 Tues) Without sleep for two days. I wasn’t thinking about sports because I was sorting my father “ He said, even he said “Did not disappoint at half-time to say what was wrong and tried to improve the defense“Due to numerous health restrictions for nationals coming from outside the European Union, he was unable to join the group and had to follow the match in the stands, away from staff and players.” Defensive instructions.
Against XV du Lec, the French team won no less than three tries and faced the Welsh livelihood and power in the defensive stages for a long time. While this part of France’s XV game was one of its strengths, the announcement of the absence of this specific coach could explain these difficulties known on Saturday. A positive point despite everything, in the wake of the match against Scotland, Sean Edwards is now back in the Blues’ staff, where Fabian Galthey will play the men’s title.