Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

France U18s win the European Championship and give hope to the future

France U18s win the European Championship and give hope to the future

France’s Under 18 were recently crowned European champions with a convincing 57-0 victory over Georgia in Toulouse. Head coach Thierry Gatieneau’s young side impressively saw off defending champions England 23-18 in the semi-final, before claiming the title.

While the national side has been a shadow of its former self at the highest level, the junior teams have performed admirably and have become a cause for optimism for a federation that is desperate for success of any kind.

Interestingly, the European victory comes 10 years after France claimed its last major youth title. In 2006, the Under 21s beat South Africa, again on French soil in Clermont Ferrand.  

That winning side contained no less than 11 future French internationalists, including Lionel Beauxis, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Maxime Medard, Damien Chouly and Thomas Domingo.


The final standings of each division in the 2015 European Championships

It’s too early to gauge how many of this championship winning team will be running out to a packed Stade de France, but the French federation (FFR) speaks of a unique generation of players.

“This generation definitely has something special. After defeat to Italy at the start of the season, the title seemed a long way away.

“You have to believe that the work pays off because, thanks to a great collective effort and some individualism, we dominated the Georgians and conceded only one try in two matches.”

World Rugby produced an insightful video following the French team as they prepared for their final match with Georgia in Toulouse. The video features interviews with Galieneau and Captain Alexandre Roumat as well as a short highlights reel of the final.

Galieneau also gained recognition for his touchline excitement during the match in this separate video. He demonstrates a passion and character which is seldom seen in most modern day rugby coaches.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 74 WEEKS AGO

    scottish prop saves fire victim

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    New Rugby X tournament insane

  • 105 WEEKS AGO

    Vunipola stands by his comments supporting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Aaron Smith left red faced as speedy opposite number steals a bullet behind the line

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Every Louis Rees-Zammit try in the Premiership so far

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse run the length to score awesome late try in Top 14 classic

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies legend Ashley-Cooper shows class in MLR with cheeky shoulder pass

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Hogg collects his own 60-metre spiral kick to score amazing solo try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 12 HOURS AGO

    Brutal breakdown stamping in 2003 shows just how much the game has changed in two decades

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Matu'u bemused by his ban after footage shows latest unpunished Owen Farrell shot

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Du Preez explains thought process after dominating prop in tip tackle that went wrong

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Prop suspended for 3 weeks after flying shoulder makes contact square in the face

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Aaron Smith's captain's referral turned down after swinging arm collision

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 11 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Brown further opens up on events leading to surprise Harlequins departure

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The most iconic pieces of rugby commentary in brilliant 7-minute montage

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    'It's part of our culture' says Haka performing South African university team

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Petrus du Plessis video of son's dominant scrum shows signs of potential future star

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Amateur

  • 25 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 22 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
France U18s win the European Championship and give hope to the future | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos