The Frogs have selected their B team for the AB match in order to arrange a better chance to the play-offs.
Peter Bills, IOL
France have devalued the most eagerly waited World Cup game for four years and cocked a massive snoop at the IRB.
Franch coach Marc Lievremont has chosen virtually a second-string pack of forwards
for the clash with New Zealand on Saturday.
It was France that put the Kiwis out of the 2007 RWC and Kiwi fans have waited ever since for the chance of revenge but Saturday’s re-match has been made an irrevelance by the deliberate French selection.
The French have clearly calculated that they can beat the likes of England and Ireland could then reach the final. Should they finish group winners they would almost certainly have to play South Africa or Australia.
The IRB has a problem here, for it may well set a precedent. For example, Ireland’s win over Australia may have been disastrous for the Wallabies but it was a nightmare for South Africa.
South Africa can gain if they lose to Samoa and then go into the NH dominated half of the draw.
As things stand, the IRB would appear powerless to stop this kind of tactical manipulation. But it is making a joke of the WC and IRB officials should be mightily concerned.
15. Traille, 14. Clerc, 13. Rougerie, 12.Mermoz, 11. Medard, 10. Parra, 9. Yachvili.
8. Picamoles, 7. Bonnaire, 6. Dusautoir (c), 5. Pape, 4. Nallet, 3. Ducalcon, 2. Szarzewski, 1. Poux.
Bench: 16. Servat, 17. Barcella, 18. Pierre, 19. Harinoduqay, 20. Trinh-Duc, 21. Estebanez, 22. Heymans.