Former All Black prop suspended by French club
TOP 14, SATURDAY WRAP: Pau secured their first league win since October beating Bordeaux-Begles 40-23 on Saturday despite forwards coach and former New Zealand prop Carl Hayman’s suspension after an altercation with members of his squad at the start of the week.
The 45-time All Black has been in charge of the Top 14 side’s forwards since 2016 after winning the French title and three European Cups as a player with Toulon.
The club’s president Bernard Pontneau confirmed former Brive coach Nicolas Godignon will take over from Hayman.
“Carl is moving on to a personal project which we will support as he will stay with the club until the end of June. Nicolas Godignon will join us next week,” Pontneau told French broadcaster Canal+.
Hayman, 39, was not involved with any training sessions in the build-up to Saturday’s fixture.
Fellow New Zealanders Simon Mannix, Conrad Smith and Paul Tito are also part the Pau coaching staff.
There are seven Kiwi players in Saturday’s squad, including World Cup winner Colin Slade, who slotted four conversions in Pau’s victory.
Bordeaux-Begles were reduced to 14 men after 11 minutes when Georgian back-rower Beka Gorgadze was sent off.
Hooker Quentin Lespiaucq scored two of the hosts’ six tries against Joe Worsley’s outfit who had only lost once in their last six Top 14 games.
Elsewhere Toulouse moved above Clermont to top spot claiming the derby spoils beating Agen 27-20 ahead of La Rochelle’s trip to Stade Marcel-Michelin on Sunday.
Coach Ugo Mola bemoaned his side’s performance in the closing stages after an impressive first 30 minutes which included tries from France international Maxime Medard and South African lock Rynhardt Elstadt.
“We really controlled the first half an hour and then we let them back into it. They posed us a lot of problems,” he said.
“A bit more coherence in the final quarter of an hour would have made things easier,” he added.
Montpellier lost 25-14 at home to Lyon, Stade Francais climbed into the play-off places overcoming bottom-side Perpignan 27-8 and champions Castres won 16-6 at Grenoble.
In the closing game of the day, tries from Teddy Thomas, Leone Nakarawa and Olivier Klemenczak guided Racing 92 to a 22-13 success over Toulon in Paris.
Wing Thomas left the field after less than half an hour of play with a thigh injury and could be at risk of missing out on a place in France’s Six Nations squad which is named on Wednesday.
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