The Blues are on the rise. Since the start of the 10th Rugby World Cup which is taking place in France, fans of the oval ball have had their eyes glued to the sporting event. After an opening ceremony at the Stade de France which was widely commented on in the media, Fabien Galthié’s men got off to a good start in the World Cup.
Last Friday, September 8, the French XV caused a sensation in front of their home crowd by beating the All-Blacks of New Zealand with a score of 27-13. A week later, the Blues defeated the Uruguay players in a hard-fought match (27-12) at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium near Lille. After two first successes, they intend to continue this momentum in order to climb to the top of Pool A.
The next matches promise to be decisive for the Blues who must consolidate their status as favorite. This Thursday, September 21, the France-Namibia meeting takes place which will be held at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille. Then on October 6, they face the Italian neighbors (victorious against the Uruguayans on September 20) at the heart of the OL Stadium in Lyon.
Will the French XV qualify for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup? Do captain Antoine Dupont and his teammates have the shoulders to outclass their opponents? This ultimate dream of the team would obviously be to lift the cup at home in front of their loyal supporters, families and companions.
For sports journalist Isabelle Ithurburu, “we have the best players in the world”. With Télé Loisirs, the presenter of Mag and 50’ Inside believes in the Blues’ chances of victory. “Knock on wood, but France can go for the title. I dream that we talk about 2023 like we talk about 1998 for football.” Especially since our players benefit from incredible sympathy with the public. Who are the most popular players among fans and internet users?
Planet has done the math on social networks: here are the top 10 French rugby players with the most fans on Instagram. The answer in pictures in our slideshow.