Tuesday 24 April 2018

French double standards

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

I Couldn't help but notice as I watched a full-strength Clermont side run out against Leinster on Sunday, that the French side had made 12 changes from their Top 14 line-up against Toulouse the previous week.

The words kettle, pot and black come to mind, considering the finger-pointing the French and English have levelled at Irish rugby regarding provinces' Pro12 selections.

In their book, we enjoy a big advantage as we rotate squads ahead of Heineken Cup involvement.

It's not a case of the over-pampered Paddies being too cautious – it's just an organisation that oversees their welfare is handling itself particularly well.

Sensible player welfare in Ireland shouldn't be a problem to the English and French, yet our rotation grates with them so much that the Heineken Cup – such a magnificent tournament – is fighting for its very survival.

Irish Independent

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