Ahead of the Six Nations tournament Dave Rennie said France was the best team in Europe. His opinion was unmoved despite Les Bleus only winning three of five Tests in the prestigious tournament.
Now, Australian rugby fans now know why after Fabien Galthie’s French side secured a dramatic 28-26 victory in Melbourne to send the series into a decider in four days’ time.
Forced to bring a severely depleted squad Down Under because of the length of the French Top 14 season and the mandatory two-weeks quarantine on arrival, Galthie brought one of the most inexperienced squads in memory for a top-tier nation in an international window.
In two Tests, his squad full of youngsters, given the chance to show what they are capable of two years out from a home World Cup, has delivered a statement to the world of the depth coming out of France.
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