There’s good news and bad news emerging from the French camp this week, as reports suggest that there’s a player mutiny on the cards ahead of the big game against England.
The good news for England is that you’d think a French side in meltdown would provide easier opposition on Saturday, but the bad news is that it might make them unpredictable. After all, in 2011 they lost to Tonga in the pool stages – and they had a near miss of the same fate on Sunday – but then reached the final after the players took control.
There’s a bit of déjà vu for England fans too, since this sounds similar to stories from 2007, when the England players got themselves together after their dreadful defeat to South Africa, and subsequently made the final by coaching themselves.
Apparently hooker Guilhem Guirado has been demoted from the leadership group, with Jefferson Poirot set to be named captain against England – much to the chagrin of most of the French players.
And just to complete the cliche, Mourad Boujellal has offered his two francs worth, suggesting that the players stage a coup. ‘Take control guys, take the power, because there are coaches all over the place. Our team spirit is almost non-existent,’ Boudjellal said.
Will this affect the game on Saturday?