Play La Marseillaise; Play It!

Freddie’s back at No10 and Les Bleus have scored 94 points in three games in front of clamourous home crowds, hammering the Wallabies 33-6 before gutting the Pumas 39-19, then breaking down a super-physical Samoan challenge to ride out 22-14 winners and end their series undefeated. Something is very, very right with French rugby at the moment. That isn’t a good advent for Ireland, but it does wonders for the rugby world as a whole. Continue reading

Report Card: The Pink Panther Departs [France]

A question of what might have been for the French, but over what period of time? To lose a final against the host nation and outplay them over the course of the 80 minutes suggests that France almost got things right. As Greavsie used say, “It’s a funny old game”. Continue reading

Match Report: Tonga 19 – 14 France

Tonga put a beating on France that wasn’t reflected in the final scoreline. Vincent Clerc dotted down in the last minute of the game to put a bit of a gloss on what was a horrific defeat for a French team utterly lacking in heart and direction. Continue reading

The Ballad of Marc Lievremont

The sorry end to a career of great service to French rugby

The Mole enjoyed a very good article on ESPN Scrum.com by Ian Moriarty about Marc Lievremont  and his appalling relationship with the media/his players/the French public. Continue reading