De­ci­sion to se­lect best se­lec­tion will spark an up­roar

Daily Dispatch - - Classified/sport - By LIAM DEL CARME

PARIS – You don’t need much to stir the emo­tions here. There is a mini around ev­ery corner.

France’s rugby bosses have in­voked the ire of their con­stituents by hav­ing a star-stud­ded French XV play the All Blacks‚ three days af­ter their na­tional team played New Zealand‚ and four days be­fore they are to en­gage South Africa.

Spring­bok rugby may not be in the rud­est health at the minute but by in­clud­ing play­ers like gi­ant lock Yoann Maestri‚ cre­ative fly­half Fran­cois Trinh-Duc‚ South African­full­back Scott Sped­ding‚ son of Eric‚ Hugo Bon­neval‚ son of Willy‚ Ro­main Tau­fifenua‚ as well fly­half Jules Plis­son who is on the bench‚ the French have their re­sources spread thin. revo­lu­tion

The lo­cal me­dia has de­rided the con­test as noth­ing more than an ex­hi­bi­tion throw around for which Test caps won’t be handed out.

It is un­likely France coach Guy Noves will in­clude any of the play­ers who saw ac­tion last night in his team to play the Spring­boks on Satur­day‚ but then again French have their quirks.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Maestri‚ who has 59 caps‚ couldn’t add to his col­lec­tion yes­ter­day and it is un­likely he’ll do so on Satur­day.


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