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Lionel Beauxis shocker nearly costs France dramatic win at home

Not at every single game. Sometimes it's just the opposite.
Remember this absurd Wales-France neverending game?
They had Slimani (illegaly) replacing Atonio to win this last scrum.

And he scored some nice tries for France to.

Former back myself I m in the same position... But even if I understand your point of view, it would seem pretty unfair to merely drop him. At least he should be given a chance to adapt. Wich I believe he did during this crunch.

Regarding Beauxis... well I guess we won't have to discuss his case very longer. He was never the first choice of the coach. And clearly not a long term option. But its kinda sad to see him underperform like that. One of those many good Top 14 players who seem paralysed wearing blue. Look for the "Beauxis' day" video on youtube...

5 Months, 1 Day ago

Lionel Beauxis shocker nearly costs France dramatic win at home

I wasn't so sure about Brunel's decision to maintain the same team that won against Italy. It appears it was a good idea after all!

Funny how most UK media say that the english are liable for their loss while most french media describe a deserved win by Les Bleus.

To me the french lacked offensive - and set piece - efficiency, badly, but still managed to win with guts, power and discipline. Their defense was outstanding again. They overpowered the english. That's all. And as Scotland showed last week, the English are unable to perform when overpowered. They are used to be the big bully of the school.

I'v read that the english players are tired due to the Lion's tour. That's quite funny too. It's the usual french excuse (agenda of the Top14 etc)!

5 Months, 2 Days ago

Ryan Wilson may be in big trouble after citing commissioner intervention

No sanction after all. Let's move on!

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Misfiring France labour to crucial victory over Italy in Marseille

Same 31. Meaning the 8 banned for "inappropriate behaviour" are still out. Brunel says the one who replaced them did well enough against Italy...

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Misfiring France labour to crucial victory over Italy in Marseille

Brunel has decided.
Same french team to face England...
Scary...

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Misfiring France labour to crucial victory over Italy in Marseille

Brunel has decided.
Same french team to face England...
Scary...

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ryan Wilson may be in big trouble after citing commissioner intervention

The guy is merely defending himself. There seems to be an unvolontary contact with the eyes. Hughes tries to escape this contact. Wilson then figures out and pulls away immediately. Hughes decides the best course of action is to reinforce is grip on Wilson's throat. Sanction both or none.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Misfiring France labour to crucial victory over Italy in Marseille

Agreed regarding Bastareaud. I'm not fond of him but must admit he's getting better and better. Strong performance, and not only as a battering ram.
Grosso and Camara also showed potential. But again, the opposition was very poor. Maybe the worst italian game so far in the tournament.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Misfiring France labour to crucial victory over Italy in Marseille

Glad the french won at last. But this clearly was a second division game...

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Questionable France HIA tactics investigation moves to next stage of review process

I don't advocate for an "at will" policy. I just don't see the point treating differently a head or knee injury. I hope no one would go as far as to deliberately hurt a player in order to get a "free sub". And if they do, they can do it head or knee just the same.
Two solutions are OK for me: either you change the law to allow a player to come back if the sub hurts himself even if its not an HIA, or you forbid it in both cases.

6 Months, 4 Days ago