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Michalak overlooked again

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 23 Jan 2009 at 06:30
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France coach Marc Lievremont again overlooked flyhalf Frederic Michalak when he named a 30-man squad on Wednesday for the Six Nations tournament next month.

RugbyHeaven Aus reports that the gifted but erratic Michalak, 26, won the last of his 50 caps in the World Cup third-place playoff defeat by Argentina in October 2007.

Michalak, who returned to Toulouse last year after a spell in South Africa with the Sharks, has plenty of talent but is often criticised for his poor goalkicking.

“For me, Fred is more of a scrumhalf but he currently plays at first five at Toulouse and for me, in that position, he’s behind guys like Lionel Beauxis and David Skrela at the moment,” Lievremont told reporters.

With Skrela out injured, Beauxis is the only genuine first five in the group, although Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, originally a halfback, often plays at number 10 for Toulouse.

Toulouse wing Vincent Clerc, who recently resumed playing after nine months out to nurse ruptured knee ligaments, was not recalled.

No uncapped players were included and Lievremont will later this month name his 23-man squad to face Ireland in France’s opening match on February 7 in Dublin.

Lievremont, who took over from Bernard Laporte after the 2007 World Cup, has kept injecting young blood into the squad since.

Under his guidance, France finished third in the 2008 Six Nations, level on six points with second-placed England after three wins and two defeats.

“We want better results than last year, which was a disappointment,” Lievremont said. “We believe the group we have will be competitive and will keep improving.”


Forwards: Nicolas Mas, Lionel Faure, Benoit Lecouls, Fabien Barcella, Guilhem Guirado, Dimitri Szarzewski, Benjamin Kayser, Sebastien Chabal, Lionel Nallet, Jerome Thion, Romain Millo-Chluski, Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles, Damien Chouly.

Backs: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Morgan Parra, Lionel Beauxis, Yannick Jauzion, Benoit Baby, Florian Fritz, Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Malzieu, Cedric Heymans, Maxime Mermoz, Clement Poitrenaud, Alexis Palisson, Maxime Medard.


  • Come back to The Sharks Freddie…

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.01.09 09:06:56 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 1) : AGREE !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.01.09 10:12:20 by Charlie Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 2) : hey – why the hell not?

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.01.09 10:24:22 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • He did not have a great time here in SA…he was not on his best form…

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.01.09 19:37:00 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) :

    Definitely not in the beginning, but he was certainly one of our stars in the later part of the CC and I think another season of SH rugby will just make him that much better.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.01.09 06:48:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) : He improved as the year went on, remember too that he had a bad knee injury.

    Coinsidering we won the CC and he was instrumental in that, I’d say bringing him out here has to be viewed as a successful experiment in retrospect.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.01.09 09:00:31 by Baldrick Reply

  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 1) :

    I predict Fred will be back sooner than later

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.09 06:35:31 by Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug '09) Reply

  • @Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug ‘09) (Comment 7) : Congratulations :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.02.09 07:55:26 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 8) :

    Thank you!

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.02.09 19:40:15 by Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug '09) Reply


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