Six Nations Rugby | Le Garrec: the Top 14 experience makes things easier
The Garrec got a taste of senior rugby with Racing 92 and perfectly demonstrated his game management skills while orchestrating the 36-19 victory at Cardiff Arms Park in Thursday’s second triple header game.
The 19-year-old is finding it easier now that he has gained vital experience at the highest level of national football in France.
“I learned a lot from the Top 14 and Six Nations U-20s last year,” he said.
“On a lot of points – attack, defense and how to prepare and manage a game.
“It’s easier for me now because I have a little experience and I try to help my teammates and do my best.
“It was a great game for us. We were disappointed in the last two games against England and Italy, so it was important to react against Wales.
“We talked about the attack last week and we decided to play and hold the ball against Wales because there are problems when the teams carry the ball.
“We decided to prepare for a good game and to play, play and play.”
Le Garrec’s leadership is a huge asset for Bleuets coach Philippe Boher, who has shifted his load to be part of the senior France squad in time for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
“He’s a good leader for the team, it’s his second year in the Under-20s and he still has a year to play,” he said.
“He is impressive and very clear in his vision; he always makes the right decisions.
“He kicked well so he has to keep working and I hope to see him maybe for 2023 in France, who knows.”
France are on a collision course with Sean Lineen’s Scotland who will desperately seek a positive response after slipping to a 43-3 loss to Italy.
And neither Boher nor his No.9 take the challenge lightly.
“We are focusing on our progress, playing good rugby and trying to score tries,” revealed the head coach.
“We know Scotland have good defense, that they are strong in the rucks where they gain a lot of the ball and we have to be careful.”
“Scotland didn’t have a great game against Italy but they have character and we have to stay focused,” added Le Garrec.
The young half-back is hoping to lead his team again, as captain is a role he cherishes.
“I’m really happy to be captain of the team, I like the responsibilities and it’s a great honor for me too.”