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Thursday, October 1, 2015

France Men's National Rugby Team News

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September 19, 2015 - Frederic Michalak kicks 2 penalties & 4 conversions in win over Canada
"France were the second team in a week to find Canada a tough pool opponent before they came through to win 41-18 at Stadium MK on Thursday....  Man of the match: The first-half performance of Frédéric Michalak sees him edge this ahead of his centre colleague Wesley Fofana, who looks sharp ahead of that Irish showdown. Michalak was in top form in that opening stanza before, like his team, taking a dip in their form in the second-half." - Planet Rugby

September 23, 2015 - Morgan Parra kicks penalty & 3 conversions in win over Romania
"Sofiane Guitoune scored two tries as France made it two World Cup wins out of two with a 38-11 Pool D victory over Romania at London's Olympic Stadium.... Scrum-half Parra added the conversion to make it 10-3 and three minutes later France, three-time losing World Cup finalists, had another converted try.... Parra kicked another excellent conversion before Vlaicu cut France's half-time lead to 17-6 with his second penalty." - Radio NZ

September 19, 2015 - Frederic Michalak kicks France to win over Italy 
"France off to a flier with 32-10 victory against Italy... Frederic Michalak kicked 19 of France's points as he moved to within three points of breaking Thierry Lacroix's French record of 124 at Rugby World Cups. Michalak's boot was also instrumental in France's first try, with the fly-half's smart grubber pounced on by prop Rabah Slimani, who crossed the line for his first international try on 44 minutes." - RWC

August 22, 2015 - Frederic Michalak kicks France to win over England
"Veteran fly-half Frederic Michalak gave his hopes of a World Cup starting spot a major lift with a record-breaking performance as France downed England 25-20 in Saturday’s warm-up match. Michalak kicked 17 points as he became France’s all-time leading scorer, boosting his hopes of a third World Cup appearance when coach Philippe Saint-Andre names his final squad on Sunday." - Observer

March 19, 2015 - Jules Plisson to start at no. 10 against England
"Young Stade Francais fly-half Jules Plisson has been called up for France's final Six Nations clash with England on Saturday as coach Philippe Saint-Andre named a 16th different half-back pairing on Thursday. Plisson, 23, comes in for injured first-choice No.10 Camille Lopez, who misses the game at Twickenham due to a knee problem. With Sebastien Tillous-Borde remaining at scrum-half, it will be the 16th different half-back pairing Saint-Andre has picked in just over three years and now 37 matches at the France helm.... Plisson will be earning his sixth France cap having come on at half-time for Lopez last week in the 29-0 victory over Italy in Rome. He also started the first four Six Nations matches in last season's tournament, including a 26-24 victory over England at the Stade de France." - ten sport

March 18, 2015 - injured fly-half Camille Lopez out for finale
"Flyhalf Camille Lopez has been ruled out of France's final Six Nations match against England at Twickenham on Saturday through injury, the team said in a statement. Lopez has been told to rest for between four and six weeks. He was replaced at halftime during the 29-0 win over Italy in Rome on Sunday, although the team have not specified the nature of his injury. Maxime Machenaud has been called up to the squad in his place." - Daily Mail

March 15, 2015 - Spedding, Lopez & Plisson kick in 29-0 win over Italy
The kicking curse looked like it might be catching as Scott Spedding fired France's first penalty attempt wide. The duties were then restored to fly-half Camille Lopez and either side of the half-hour mark he knocked over two penalties for the game's first points and France were in a somewhat undeserved 6-0 lead.... Lopez appeared to injure his knee in his sharp break however and it was Spedding who re-took the kicking duties just before the break after France's scrum had got an impressive nudge on. The full-back was on target for a 9-0 lead as both sides went in after a forgettable first half. The fly-half injury curse was now critical, Lopez's knee problem forcing him off at the break and seeing the return of Jules Plisson to the France stand-off position and straight after the re-started he kicked France into a 12-0 lead.... Plisson slotted the extras and then added a penalty before the hour mark as the dominant French scrum saw the visitors go 22-0 ahead." - RBS 6 Nations

February 7, 2015 - Camille Lopez scores all the points in 15-8 win over Scotland
"Camille Lopez scored all France's points as they edged an attritional RBS 6 Nations encounter with Scotland in Paris. Lopez's boot proved the difference in a closely-fought match in which the resurgent visitors went toe-to-toe with their hosts, winning many of the statistical battles except the one that really matters - the scoreline.... Lopez, in his first RBS 6 Nations start, looked confident at outside half, threading a second straightforward penalty just five minutes after Scottish captain Greig Laidlaw had levelled the scores with a kick of his own.... The final minutes saw both sides throw caution aside but when referee Nigel Owens again penalised Scotland at the breakdown, the impressive Lopez converted the penalty to give the hosts a decisive seven-point lead with just seconds remaining." - RBS 6 Nations

February 2, 2015 - fly-half discusses fly-half
"Thomas Castaignede knows better than almost anyone about the pressures of being France's fly-half. So when the former France legend says Les Bleus have finally found their man to inherit the famous No.10 jersey in Camille Lopez, it pays to sit up and take notice. Castaignede, who won 54 caps for France, has watched on with great interest as Clermont Auvergne's Lopez has built an impressive campaign to be the No.10 in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations. And in the eighth of a series of exclusive interviews Castaignede says Philippe Saint-Andre's problem position might have finally been solved. The likes of Jean-Marc Doussain, Remi Tales, Jules Plisson and Francois Trinh-Duc have tried and failed to nail down the starting spot under Saint-Andre. But Lopez, who started all three of France's autumn internationals could be the answer according to Castaignede." - RBS 6 Nations 

December 12, 2014 - Morgan Parra returns
Philippe Saint-Andre has been handed a boost ahead of next year's RBS 6 Nations with the return of Morgan Parra.... Scrum-half Parra, who has won 56 caps for France, is set to start for club side Clermont this weekend for the first time in two months after a shoulder injury. Parra will wear No.9 for ASM's European encounter against Munster and will be desperate to show Saint-Andre what he has been missing." - RBS 6 Nations

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