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England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

@DrG : The missing players were injured before the tournament (Picamoles, Trinh Duc) or are now injured after having played (Para, Fofana). There are 2 very promising centers we haven't seen due to injury (Dumoulin and Lamerat) and they might have missed their last chance to be in the team for the WC. A shame.

As for Trinh Duc yes he was not really in PSA papers but had been selected for the 6Nations just before his injury. He hopefully will be in the WC. I think he's a much better player than the other 2: solid defense, good kicking, play close to the defense in attack...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

From a diffrent angle: Plisson has been poor all game and was too slow passing the ball!
This allows your opponent to come in hard. Hard lesson for him.

I do think tho that Lawes knew what he was doing. He was late in the tackle . You can commit initially but also should be able to realise you're late and stop or slow down. He meant to hurt.
This kind of behavior will at the end cost him and his team.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

The craziest game i've ever watched! Each team played on his opponent mistakes it seems.
England deserved the win but the English are quick blowing their trumpets, as usual.
The scoreboard is flattering. That Vunipola try is a joke; if checked it would have been disallowed. Full stop.
The French missed easy kicks as well and on that day the French defense was awful! What happened?

That game gives us a much better idea of the team for the world cup...finally. And I believe they will improve still, get better Some key players were missing and should come back: Fofana, Para, Picamoles, Trinh Duc...

That French team has more potential than what you might think.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Ireland have a great coach! France have an average coach (to say the least): St Andre didn't make the good choices in his starting 15 and I'm not sure what coaching he's doing.
Hopefully what we've seen in the 2nd half will be seen earlier on for the next game. They pushed Ireland to their limits and should have closed the match even more. All the stats are good at the end of the game.

The French players are good but not ready, they're far behind Ireland in terms of quality of play. They need to work harder.
Parra and Dulin (full back) need to start. Kicking game needs to improve, substitutions need to happen quicker.
Big question mark on Fofana and Dussautoir for me: I love Fofana but he's been poor. Dussautpir is not the guy is used to be. I'd love to see Nakaitaci, Picamoles, Lamerat on the pitch.

Pape will not be back in the French team and we won't miss him.

Ireland have been tested. I can't wait to see them play against England!

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Scotland left frustrated as France kick their way to victory in Paris

I dare saying that the score is flattering for the Scotts. They seemed to be a lot quicker and organised in attack, breaking the French defense easily a few times but the French let them in the game by a lack of patience and too
Many dropped balls in the last passes.
The French camped in the opposite 5 meters line, Huget was closed from scoring...
It was not all bad.

Would they have been more composed and the score could have been a lot higher for the French.

Thought Parra was a better 9. Our fly half was way to deep in attack.
Great Scottish defense. A good team!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Tries of the Week - August 22nd weekend

@ Philmc avity
It seems everybody knows it except the French coach...

10 Months, 4 Days ago

Outcry as Florian Fritz returns to play after severe knock to head

There's now a lot of talking and at the highest level in France about this incident. The FFR and the medical commission of the FFR want to ear the Stade Toulousain Club and understand why Fritz came back on the pitch.
it seems that the protocol hasn't been followed entirely.

Guy Noves told the press (among other things) that Fritz seemed to be able to go back on to the pitch for a short time and until half time.
After that the staff took a final call.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

@ Oliver
These young players have been drafted but I still think it’s too shy: besides Plisson and Fickou the others have mostly sat on the bench and played very limited time.

Lauret is a good example although not exactly new. He has had a few selections already, is a physical guy and has potential, yet how much has he played for this year’s 6N? I’d be curious.
Then why selecting Vahaamahina (plays as lock in club) as flanker instead of Lauret who plays flanker in his club?
The next WC is coming fast, I think only 12 international games until the WC (?) There’s no time to have talented players polish the bench; they need some time on the pitch now.

I'd like to see what a foreign coach (he has to be from Southern Hemisphere) would do? Surely he would bring more professionalism, a more clinical way of playing, more
game plan.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

I scorched names...sorry. Farrell, Burrell, Nowel...

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

@ mise:

all this seems a bit cliché, the smoking, chatting...but i do see a cultural clash there in the sense that probably the French enjoy some relaxing time, separate work and after work.

On the coaching side: the french team is missing a good kicker when Parra is out. I guess not having much video analysis around kicking is the reason why ROG has been hired...surely the French clubs should have that.
Since Saint André is on the job we do not have a defense coach and that is quite incredible...I don't get that.

On a more general note I do think that the French are still lagging behind in terms of coaching. Besides Guy Noves & Galthié I don't see who could get the job. Noves has turned down the job, Galthié hasn't been chosen.

@ Vladimir
I think Vern Cotter would have been perfect for the job: he's been there for a long time, has had good results, built a fabulous team.

The French Federation is for me an archaic organisation, attached to traditions. It's an Institution in the bad sense. French rugby has tons of talent (the U20 just won the Grand slam) but the transition to top competition is slow and to the National team even slower; example taken with Fickou. French rugby needs a younger/clever management team turned towards a modern rugby.

If Clubs & Federation work together, talents are recognised early and involved at the highest level things will get better.

The French need to be better one 1 to 1, individual technic: 2 forward passes against Ireland...

In NZ being young is not a problem if you're talented and have a potential. if so you get the chance. In France in the same situation you need to sit on the bench and play the last 10 min for xx games. The FFR love its soldiers, old fames and the guys are playing until they retire. In NZ you see new talents coming all the time.

Same in England with the likes of Owens, Launchburry, Burrell...and these play already at a very good level; you don't need to teach them how to pass.


1 Year, 3 Months ago