Fri 25 Jun 2021 | 08:49

France bolster coaching team with a legend

France bolster coaching team with a legend
Fri 25 Jun 2021 | 08:49
France bolster coaching team with a legend
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NEWS: Former France flyhalf Frederic Michalak has joined Les Bleus’ coaching set-up for the tour to Australia, team manager Raphael Ibanez said on Thursday.

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Michalak, 38, made the last of his 77 Test appearances at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and is currently a member the backroom staff at Rugby League side the Sydney Roosters.

France, coached by former captain Fabien Galthie, face the Wallabies in three Tests in 10 days starting on July 7.

Les Bleus are without a host of first-choice players due to an obligatory 14-day isolation period upon arrival in Australia and Friday’s Top 14 final between Toulouse and La Rochelle.

Michalak had been in France last week but returned to Sydney, where his family live.

“At the start we welcomed him so he could benefit from the quarantine period. But his knowledge and experience of rugby can serve us and our young players,” former France skipper Ibanez told AFP.

“He’s making himself available to them to share his experience, it’s fantastic.

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“We’re not stopping anything while he’s with us,” he added.

Earlier, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said uncapped flank Alexandre Fischer will be unable to play against the Wallabies because he has an invalid passport.

The FFR added no replacement will be named to replace the Clermont player due to the coronavirus-related entry rules to Australia.

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