Thursday, 4 January 2018

Une Certitude Bleue

France will win the 2018 Six Nations.

Conventional wisdom might suggest that the more likely winners would be one of England or Ireland but, mark my words, it will be France.

Why? Well, setting aside the fact that France always seem to do well in the Six Nations the season after a Lions tour, you only have to take one look at how their preparations are going.

One word: chaos.

With head coach Guy Noves and his coaching staff sacked by the FFR over the holiday period and now the subject of serious misconduct claims as the FFR attempt to avoid compensation payments in the region of £3 million – and with former Italy coach Jacques Brunel (whose tenure between 2012 and 2016 saw Italy plummet to 15th in World Rugby's rankings) now in charge, what could possibly go wrong?

And yet remember the last time the French rugby team were in utter chaos? Rugby World Cup 2011 – France were all over the place with players in open rebellion against coach Marc ‘Le Fou’ Lievremont and the team losing to Tonga in the pool stages, but not only did the French make it to the final, they very, very nearly won the damned thing.

Simply, France do chaos better than anyone. They will win the 2018 Six Nations.

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