Peter Bills: French idiotic to guillotine natural flair
In days gone by, France invested a particularly cruel punishment upon those who acted like control freaks, as Citizen Robespierre would doubtless testify.
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.