Five things we learnt from France’s win over Samoa

first_imgOver time: Charles Ollivon scores a try in the big win over Samoa. Photo: Getty ImagesCharles Ollivon replaced Loann Goujon early on and showed why he’s rated so highly in Toulon. Powerful and athletic, the 6ft 5in Ollivon is a strong ball-carrying loose forward, but he’s no turnover specialist. Nor is Damien Chouly, fit again after missing the Samoa match, while Kevin Gourdon and Kélian Galletier play more like opensides, but with just four caps between them they’re still learning about the rigours of Test rugby. That might mean a recall for Wenceslas Lauret, the flanker who played in all of last season’s Six Nations matches but lost his place to Gourdon when he missed the summer tour to Argentina because he was helping Racing 92 win the Top 14 title.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. France began their November with an impressive 52-8 defeat of Samoa, the first time they’ve hit a half-century of points since 2009. Now come the real Tests, with Australia and New Zealand visiting Paris on successive Saturdays. Gavin Mortimer reviews and previews…Wes wowsOne of the saddest sights during Philippe Saint-Andre’s reign as France coach was Wesley Fofana. The most gifted French threequarter of his generation was never able to reproduce his club form under PSA, not just because of the sterile, power-based game championed by the coach, but also because in four years he went through a succession of midfield partners – Rougerie, Fritz, Bastareaud, Mermoz and Fickou. For a season Fofana was even shunted out onto the wing, a mistake Guy Noves made last season for a couple of Six Nations matches.Middle man: Wesley Fofana finds a hole in Samoa’s defence. Photo: Getty ImagesThankfully he’s now back where he belongs, and with the powerful Remi Lamerat now alongside Fofana, France may have found the centre pairing to take them to the 2019 World Cup. Though Fofana stole the headlines with his superb creative display against Samoa, his understanding with Lamerat, and the ability to read each other’s games, was crucial.Hat-trick heroThe Fiji-born Virimi Vakatawa showed the full range of his talents in scoring a hat-trick of tries against Samoa. For his first score he showed neat footwork to step inside his markers, for his second he outpaced the cover and for the third he powered through his tackler.Three-piece sweet: Virimi Vakatawa scores his third try against Samoa. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat makes it one of the more remarkable of Test-match triples is that Vakatawa last played a game of 15s in March – in the Six Nations against England. He spent the summer playing sevens for France, and since September he has been based permanently at the French training centre at Marcoussis as he is contracted by the FFR and not a club. Bigger challenges lie ahead for Vakatawa but, as he showed against Samoa, he is a finisher par excellence.Trouble at ten Happy day: Virimi Vakatawa and his France team-mates celebrate. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img France won big against Samoa but do they need to up their game against Australia this week? A broken forearm suffered early in the second half has sidelined Francois Trinh-Duc until the new year. It’s also given Guy Noves a major headache. The man who replaced Trinh-Duc at fly-half, Jean-Marc Doussain, played well, but it was an armchair ride thanks to the dominance of his pack. The dilemma for Noves is to decide whether to keep faith with Doussain, or pick the man he called up on Monday – Camille Lopez.In form: Will Camille Lopez get a shot in the France No 10 jersey? Photo: Getty ImagesHe’s been in fine form for Clermont this season, having slimmed down in the summer and strengthened his kicking game under the guidance of Xavier Sadourny. Doussain has never started a Test match at fly-half and has suffered for several seasons from the strange French belief that nine and ten are more or less interchangeable. Lopez is an exception in this regard, a pure fly-half, and picking him would seem logical given that the likely centre pairing against Australia will be Clermont team-mates Wesley Fofana and Remi Lamerat with another Jaunard, Scott Spedding, at full-back.Kicking conundrumThe general consensus among the French press was that the one back who didn’t shine was scrum-half Maxime Machenaud. Calls are growing for the inclusion of the young and exciting Bordeaux No 9 Baptiste Serin, who in the eyes of many is a more classically French scrum-half. Machenaud plays the game more like a home nations scrum-half, less flashy and more subservient to his fly-half. But dropping Machenaud would mean handing the kicking duties to one of Serin, Doussain or Lopez, all of whom are inexperienced goalkickers at international level.New nine: There are calls for Bordeaux scrum-half Baptiste Serin to start. Photo: Getty ImagesBack-row battleThis is crucial to any Test match but in Paris on Saturday night it could decide the outcome. France have veteran Louis Picamoles at No 8, their one world-class forward, but on the flanks they cede much to the Wallaby pair of Michael Hooper and David Pocock in experience and turnover ability.last_img read more

700,000 trabajadoras agrícolas dicen: ‘Nosotros también

first_imgLos organizadores de Alianza Nacional de Campesinas hablaron conmovedoramente a una multitud de miles de participantes en la Marcha #Me Too Survivors el 12 de noviembre en Los Ángeles. En la concentración, leyeron una carta de solidaridad de 700.000 trabajadoras agrícolas a las valientes mujeres que se han manifestado públicamente sobre sus experiencias de acoso y abuso sexual en Hollywood. La alianza nacional está compuesta por mujeres trabajadoras agrícolas actuales y anteriores y sus familiares.En su declaración se lee en parte, “Escribimos en nombre de las 700.000 mujeres que trabajan en los galpones agrícolas y empacadoras en todo Estados Unidos. [Hemos] visto y escuchado con tristeza al darnos cuenta de los actores, modelos y otras personas que se han presentado para hablar sobre la violencia de género que han experimentado en la industria del entretenimiento. Tristemente, no nos sorprende porque es una realidad que conocemos demasiado bien. Innumerables trabajadoras agrícolas de todo el país sufren en silencio debido al hostigamiento y el acoso sexual generalizados que enfrentan en el trabajo”.Continúa: “No trabajamos bajo luces brillantes o en la pantalla grande. Trabajamos a la sombra de la sociedad en campos aislados y empacadoras que están fuera de la vista y fuera de la mente. Nuestro trabajo nutre a la nación con cultivos que plantamos, cosechamos y empacamos. Aunque trabajamos en diferentes entornos, compartimos una experiencia común de ser víctimas de individuos que tienen el poder de contratar, despedir, poner en la lista negra y amenazar nuestra seguridad económica, física y emocional”.Ponerse de pie públicamente para denunciar las agresiones sexuales en los agro-negocios muestra gran coraje, como revelan los trabajadores agrícolas: “Quejarse de cualquier cosa, incluso el acoso sexual, es impensable porque está en riesgo demasiado, incluida la capacidad de alimentar a nuestras familias”.En conclusión, las mujeres enfatizan: “Entendemos el dolor, la confusión, el aislamiento y traición que puedas sentir” y la vergüenza y el miedo. “Sabemos que no es culpa nuestra. Las únicas personas culpables son las personas que abusan de su poder para hostigarnos, amenazarnos y dañarnos, ya que nos han perjudicado. … A medida que lidias con el escrutinio y la crítica porque con valentía decidiste hablar en contra de los terribles actos que se cometieron contra ti, por favor, date cuenta que no estás sola.”‘Les creemos y nos unimos a ustedes’Cientos de miles de mujeres, en su mayoría inmigrantes latinas, muchos indocumentadas, trabajan en los campos agrícolas de los Estados Unidos. La violencia sexual es tan endémica que una trabajadora agrícola en Iowa comentó: “Pensabamos que era normal en los Estados Unidos que para mantener su trabajo, tenía que tener relaciones sexuales”. (New York Times, 19 de enero de 2016)Las regulaciones gubernamentales prohíben que los grupos de asistencia legal representen legalmente a las personas indocumentadas. Además, la guerra de Washington contra los indocumentados crea un clima de temor de detención o deportación para las mujeres inmigrantes que denuncian incidentes de abuso. Esta situación urgente debe ser asumida por los sindicatos y por las organizaciones de mujeres y otras organizaciones progresistas.Esta carta abierta fue publicada originalmente en la revista Time, el 10 de noviembre.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more