Hypothetical - Imagine if France lost:
Greenshields, Duport, Bosc, Elima, Ferriol, Villegas, Baile and Goassard.
Now let's say England lose a similar player for each one:
S Tomkins, T Briscoe, Eastmond, Ellis, Graham, Brown, Bridge and Westwood.
It ould seriously affect England's results nobody can deny, so put into perspective how much it costs France who have less depth to lose those amount of players. Looking back on last years 4N they did extremely well IMO.
Now a potential full strength squad: Catalans, Toulouse, Elite, Other SL
9. K Bentley
20. A Bentley
By my count that makes 20/24 Full time professionals and add to that Greseque who could be a SL star if he set his mind to it. If France can ever get something close to resembling this on the park then they'll be a decent chance of an upset IMO.
Edited by jim_57, 15 October 2010 - 02:12 PM.