Sunday 26 March 2017

Peter Bills: One of the world’s greatest hookers, William Servat is gunning for a shot at Ireland

France hooker Wiliam Servat is tackled by Scotland's Alastair Kellock during their Six Natins clash last weekend. Photo: Getty Images
France hooker Wiliam Servat is tackled by Scotland's Alastair Kellock during their Six Natins clash last weekend. Photo: Getty Images

Peter Bills

They call him 'La Buche' -- the log -- and in rugby terms, the commandant of the forwards. A phenomenon; 'un homme de valeur' too.

And if respect by peers and opponents alike is any measure of his status, William Servat is indeed a mighty foe.

French rugby men revere few players more than their front-row warriors. Here are to be found the qualities that underpin the whole game -- courage, dedication, a disdain for physical pain and a relentless commitment to the team ethos.

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