• Home
  • /
  • Rugby
  • /
  • L'Equipe's Player Ratings Are Especially Scathing On The French Players

L'Equipe's Player Ratings Are Especially Scathing On The French Players

L'Equipe's Player Ratings Are Especially Scathing On The French Players
By Conor Neville

After four years of remorseless failure, Phillipe Saint Andre's reign as France coach came to an end last night.

It is clear that France need to quickly reverse out of whatever dead end they've driven down in the last few years. They will do so without Frederic Michalak and Pascal Pape, both of whom announced their international retirements last night.

Gavin Mortimer, historian, writer and the anglosphere's Midi Olimpique correspondent, has updated everyone on what's going down in the French press this morning.

L'Equipe's front page is heavy on tough words. Words like 'disaster', 'humiliation', and 'nightmare'.

addresses the managerial question with a large picture of Saint Andre, the French Federation President Pierre Camou, and Serge Blanco underneath the accusatory headline 'Tous Coupables', meaning 'All Guilty'.

Advertisement

Inside, Christophe Lamaison, the out-half on the famous day in 1999, said it would be wrong to blame the foreign coaches and players in the Top 14, and the biggest thing he took from the game was the difference in individual skill level between the French and New Zealand players. France, he said, 'is no longer a major rugby nation'.

Meanwhile, the player ratings are suitably vicious, with a number of players receiving two points. 

Advertisement

Read more: ITV's Commentators Were Taken Aback By Irish Fans Singing During NZ v France

Advertisement

Join The Monday Club Have a tip or something brilliant you wanted to share on? We're looking for loyal Balls readers free-to-join members club where top tipsters can win prizes and Balls merchandise

Processing your request...

You are subscribed now!

Copyright © 2022. All rights reserved. Developed by Square1 and powered by PublisherPlus.com

Advertisement