Thursday, February 04, 2010

Marshall chats to Mehrtens about France's Six Nations

Marshall chats to Mehrtens about France's Six Nations

Saracens scrumhalf Justin Marshall travelled to Paris recently to have a chat with his old mate, current Racing Metro flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens, about the upcoming Six Nations, and France in particular.

Marshall and Mehrtens were halfback partners for both the All Blacks and Crusaders on many occasions, so the banter is always good when these two characters of the game get together.

As is touched on, French rugby is in a pretty good place right now. The Top 14 is littered with talent, both local and foreign, and the national side goes into this Six Nations after having beaten the Springboks convincingly just a couple of months back.

As always though, there is a down side to the French game, and that is the inconsistency that exists. You just don't know if France will arrive to play, or simply be brushed aside as we saw a week after that great win, when they went down to the All Blacks.

The bookies have tipped France to be a favourite though, as their mix of naturally gifted backs and physically dominant forwards may well click, and perhaps this will be their championship.

Mehrtens, who's spent a few years playing in France now - first with Toulon and then with Racing Metro - gives his feelings on who to watch out for in this years tournament, talks about why French flair is a myth, and shows off by speaking in Welsh. Enjoy.

Time: 04:03
Note: Thanks to ScrumV

Posted by Rugbydump at 4:04 pm | View Comments (27)

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Hooker_ February 04, 2010 7:48 pm

first haha

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Hooker_ February 04, 2010 7:49 pm

again, pisses me off when people do that :L:L:L

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Anonymous February 04, 2010 7:55 pm

That's the only reason these guys are in froland

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Anonymous February 04, 2010 7:55 pm


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FrankyH February 04, 2010 7:57 pm

Man people take this website for granted.

Thanks for posting this RD - interesting video. Cool that Marshall is being treated as a host/pundit already, and his career isn't even over yet.

Also amazing that Mehrtens is still playing! Fresh off his starring role in Invictus :P

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Anonymous February 04, 2010 8:41 pm

First Anonymous,

Is that not the same thing (money) when we talk of football and the John Bull Premier League ?

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Phil February 04, 2010 8:54 pm

Seem like a couple of really sound blokes. Interesting chat to listen in on.

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Flooz February 04, 2010 9:05 pm

Thks RD for this video.
Maybe a gift of consolation due to the precedent debate about the presence of french rugby in british medias ;)

Merhtens seems to be a cool guy. i don't know his real level in racing

ps: some people should really let their comments on youtube than here, seriously

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Rosbif Frog February 04, 2010 10:14 pm

This is ridiculous, I'm outraged, no mention of the other 5 nations? Why the hell not? I want an interview about the English premiership and the Magners league cut and edited onto the end of this video, even if it doesn't make any sense. Imagine this, it's obscene, there's more than just France in world rugby you know.

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Anonymous February 04, 2010 10:20 pm

Rosbif frog you're a baby.

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tehsniper February 04, 2010 10:21 pm

^To the guy just above. This is a show about France's chances, so I think unless you're a fucktards you'll understand why it's just about France.

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J Marshall February 04, 2010 10:48 pm

Andre Merhtens "a living ligind"

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Rosbif Frog February 05, 2010 12:53 am

Great to see the sarcasm isn't lost on you.

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Rosbif Frog February 05, 2010 12:54 am

BTW, the comment above is supposed to be sarcastic also, I hope you're not too confused.

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de kock February 05, 2010 7:27 am

i want to know if marshall got paid more to carry that lovely brown man bag

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RichardBandsRules February 05, 2010 12:59 pm

Why are they kissing each other???

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welshno7 February 05, 2010 1:13 pm

justin's been a host for scrum v for the last couple of years , since he was with the ospreys

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3/4 centre February 05, 2010 2:33 pm

It's hard to say cause i'm french, but rosbif frog is not so wrong...

I hope the winner will be the team which will play the most beautiful game, and I know that France will give an answer to the last humiliation against England !

PS : NZ who are speaking english about France, I think it's a conspiracy. Obviously!

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dezzy February 05, 2010 3:42 pm

i love france! Top 14 is the best league and merthens is a legend

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Anonymous February 05, 2010 3:42 pm

premiership is too bad..

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Anonymous February 05, 2010 5:07 pm

^ Success comes and goes, this year english clubs have been absolute shit, but I tell you a lot can happen in a yer, next year they could just be utter crap!

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Anonymous February 05, 2010 5:29 pm

its a conspiracy, where were the interviews with the french players and captains!!! obviously those english dogs and the bbc were behind this, and the irb!!!everyone is against us!!!!

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3/4 centre February 05, 2010 5:41 pm

please don't repeat my joke, anonymous. (j'ai dpos un brevet dessus...)

Bon, il va falloir se sortir les doigts du cul cette anne. Personnellement je le sens bien, on est au niveau et le calendrier est favorable.

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second five February 06, 2010 8:36 am

Anonymous said...
That's the only reason these guys are in froland.

So what? And maybe they also love playing at a high level and can do so while living in France and getting well paid for it, sounds alright to me. They've both given plenty to the game, good on them if they want to keep making a decent living from it. You would envy them if you had any imagination.

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Anonymous February 06, 2010 10:27 am

About the real level of Mehrtens.
He is atually not really playing anymore. Most of the time he is a sub and starts the games scarcely. I guess he started for the last time in the challenge cup.
He is getting too old now, you can see him wearing his years on the field. He still has a good overview of the game though but becomes inconsistent.

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Anonymous February 07, 2010 5:50 am

mehrts the man!

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Anonymous February 07, 2010 5:53 am

What is Merts now, about 37 or something?
Very old to still be playing pro rugby.

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