Galthie remains a key figure in the French side more than 50 caps since making his international debut.
Debut: 22/6/91 v Romania
Past World Cups: -1991, 1995 and 1999
Did you know? His favourite hobby outside the game is reading
Without him, France lack the direction required to overwhelm the best sides.
At his best he inspires the French to hit above their weight, most famously with victory in their World Cup semi-final four years ago against New Zealand.
Aside from his excellent skill and vision, he adds the discipline which coach Bernard Laporte insists on for his new-look French side.
Has endured spells on the sidelines since making his debut 12 years ago but will be one of the certainties on Laporte's team sheet for each game.