Decision to select best selection will spark an uproar
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.