Tuesday, January 13, 2009
French rugby has for many a year been associated with a free running spirit and je ne sais quoi that is truly unique and a pleasure to watch.
One of our regular contributors from France has put together a video that shows some of the finer moments from the men in blue, spanning thirty years of classic running rugby.
The early seventies clips show us legends of the French game scoring fantastic tries, leading into the eighties and nineties, culminating in one of the most famous French wins over New Zealand in '99.
Some of the players on display here are legends such as Lagisquet, Blanco, Sella, Lafond, Camberabero, Sadourny, Saint-Andre, and Dominici.
It's a sensational compilation that shows you the true flair of the French, running the ball from all angles, keeping it alive whenever possible, and most importantly - getting over the tryline to finish off the great phases of play.
Stand out moments would be Serge Blanco's winning try in the 1987 World Cup Semi Final, the try by Phillip Saint-Andre at Twickenham in 1991, the 'Try of the Century' by Jean-Luc Sadourny in 1994, and then of course, tries scored by the French in the 1999 World Cup semi against the All Blacks.
It's a treat to watch, as it features some fairly rare footage you probably wouldn't have seen before. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, and thanks again to Guetteba for putting it together.