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Six Nations Grand Slam: France sweep fans off their feet with glorious triumph

In both England and France, there is a billboard advertisement from the 1990s that is warmly remembered.

The backdrop is a St George’s cross, and the inscription starts, “1966 was a fantastic year for English football.”

“Eric was born,” it finishes, as Manchester United legend Eric Cantona stands in the forefront, moodily staring.

As the winners of France’s Grand Slam danced amid tickertape, pyro, and thumping Eurodisco, it’s worth noting that Cameron was born in 1998, a great year for French sport.

the second line After Saturday’s Grand Slam-clinching triumph against England, Cameron Woki was smack in the middle of the post-match mosh-pit. He’s been at the center of everything for France in the Six Nations thus far.

The 23-year-old is the quintessential contemporary forward, with long limbs, dexterous hands, and boundless vigor.

Four months after another France squad had cavorted about the ground, soaking up the champagne and adoration, he was born in Saint Denis, under the shadow of the national stadium.

It was Zidane, Desailly, Barthez, and the others in 1998. A football squad that originated the phrase “black-blanc-beur” to describe its multicultural blend.

In celebration of their World Cup victory, they lighted up the Arc de Triomphe that year. To celebrate, a million people flocked to the Champs Elysees.

This time, it wasn’t exactly like that when the final whistle blew. No, not yet. The vibe was the same as the automobile horns blared late into the night and the music poured across the concourse and out into the streets.

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be held in France in 18 months. And this spring in Paris seems like the first time a city fell in love with its national team.

It had been building all day, with a kick-off scheduled at 21:00 local time.

L’Equipe’s headline on morning newsstands was ‘Operation Grand Slam,’ with its lead writer pleading for the class of 2022 to end a wait for a Six Nations clean sweep that had seemed interminable since their last in 2010.

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the team’s journey to the edge of glory shown during the noon television programs.

Fans formed a snake-like line from the entry gates three hours before kick-off.

It was well worth the wait. Under the spotlight, France shone brightly. They were mentally and physically faster than England. Whenever there was an opening, they bristled with threat and cunning. They could have, and probably should have, scored more than three tries. The last pass did not always go to hand; in other cases, the incorrect choice was chosen.

They didn’t have to be flawless since they were so far ahead of their opponents. Faced with a defense constructed by Englishman Shaun Edwards, who was formerly the defence coach of Wales, England ran out of ideas, although never losing hope.

There was a point at the conclusion of the first half when Henry Slade went on a blind-side raid, found himself outmanned, and rushed into contact for lack of a better plan.

Cameron WokiCameron Woki is part of a golden generation of young French players that won back-to-back world championships in the under-20 category in 2018 and 2019.

He was devoured and spit out by the tidal wave of blue-shirted defenders.

Just after an hour, the game was all but finished. As he danced beneath the posts, English tacklers clawed at his coattails, a bundle of fast-twitch fibres and an even quicker intellect.

The victory moves France into second place in the global rankings, leapfrogging New Zealand, whom they defeated on another thrilling night in November.

The triumph against the All Blacks is part of an eight-Test winning run for the Australians. France may claim to be the true kingpins of the international game, given that the only team above them in the rankings, world champions South Africa, has lost four of their last seven games.

They have the best player on the team. Captain Dupont was named World Player of the Year in December, and his achievements continue to soar.

He was born into a farming family in the traditional rugby stronghold of the country’s south west, and he has taken the well-trodden conventional path to the national squad.

He’s the unmistakable face of the French team. But, like with the 1998 World Cup champions, there are several faces in the front and multiple stories in the background.

From the high-rise outskirts of Paris to the Stade de France, Woki, prop Demba Bamba, and center Jonathan Danty have chosen a quicker but less-traveled route.

Gabin Villiere, a winger from Normandy in northwestern France, a rugby desert until recently, had previously played sevens. Melvyn Jaminet, a fullback, was a second-tier player.

Damian Penaud and Romain Ntamack, both French internationals, are following in their fathers’ footsteps.

Paul Willemse and Uini Atonio have arrived in France from their ancestral homelands of South Africa and South Auckland, respectively.

FranceThe Viking thunderclap is recreated by France and their followers.

As the Tannoy level lowered on the on-pitch celebrations, they were all there. When the players leapt over the advertising hoardings, it brought back memories of another era of football at the Stade de France.

They faced their supporters together, and they rejoiced by clapping high over their heads, much as Iceland did at Euro 2016. Slow at first, then quickly. Then it became quicker and faster. But they were always in it together, as one.

This team’s togetherness and diversity are propelling them forward to 2023 and a chance to make even more history. They don’t seem to be lacking anything at the moment.

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