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Peter Bills: French idiotic to guillotine natural flair

Peter Bills

Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00

In days gone by, France invested a particularly cruel punishment upon those who acted like control freaks, as Citizen Robespierre would doubtless testify.

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Alas, the guillotine is no more in France and the bureaucrats, with their endless diktats, run free. More's the pity in the case of French rugby, because the one thing that a series of over-zealous, control-freak coaches has all but terminated is the natural capacity of French rugby players to run free.

It is, so the old saying goes, only a fool who abandons his birthright and its traits. Yet the French seem to have willingly done this, so damagingly, in a game which they once embraced and graced with silken skills.

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