Maxime Lucu experienced his first defeat in his 19th selection at the Stade Vélodrome, marking his first start as a titular player in the Six Nations tournament. Fabien Galthié acknowledged Lucu’s consistent performance since the beginning of his tenure, emphasizing the need for him to maintain his composure and demonstrate his skills. Despite facing strong opposition from the Irish team and the expulsion of a teammate, Lucu demonstrated his value with his strategic kicking game and attempts to invigorate the French team’s play.
Following a disappointing experience at the previous World Cup, Lucu had been in good form with his club, displaying a more offensive style of play. Despite his efforts, he, like the rest of the French team, struggled to overcome the dominant Irish side. Lucu’s performance, however, has led to an increased role within the French national team, as he is now considered one of the influential voices in the team.
However, his position is not secure as young talents like Nolann Le Garrec are emerging as strong competitors. As the match against Ireland demonstrated, the French team, including Lucu, faced a tough challenge and ultimately succumbed to the strong Irish performance. The absence of Dupont was keenly felt, and the defeat marked a challenging start to life without him.