In this lull before the Rugby World Cup, I have decided to follow the lead of fellow esteemed bloggers and publish my thoughts on each top ten team heading into the World Cup Competition and what I think their chances are. Here are my thoughts on France:
Current World Rank: 3
Random cliché: ‘Who knows which French team will turn up on the day’ and ‘they’re very enigmatic’
Murray Mexted most likely to say: "You don't like to see hookers going down on players like that."
Stephen Jones did say: ‘France, in many senses are a shadow of themselves’.
Coach likely to say in defeat: ‘You will never referee in this town again!’
Glamour boy of the team: Sebastien Chabal
Greatest Moment in last four years: Have had a lion like grip on the Six Nations trophy three years out of four.
Weakest Moment: The hammering suffered at the hands of the All Blacks on home turf both in 2004 and 2006
Weak link in the team: Frederick Michalek
Redeeming features: Bernard Laporte – if you’re going to play bad rugby and send along a C team, at least you’ve got a mad coach to liven things at the post match press conference.
Incumbent star: Dimitri Yachvili
Rising star: Pierre Mignoni