France v Wales prank as Wayne Pivac’s side take on Second Division players and kids

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France could be forced to select a squad filled with under-20 and second-tier players when Wales travel to Paris this month, according to reports. It is all due to a persistent dispute between the French Rugby Federation and the Top 14 clubs over the release of international players for testing duty, with the top clubs in the French league refusing to release the players.

They have launched legal action over the introduction of the fall emergency testing window which requires them to release players from October 19 to December 5.

French clubs have yet to officially agree on a five-game window that would see the Six Nations and the new Nations Cup play, not to mention the friendly against Wales on October 24 which kicks things off and adds a sixth game to the device list.

The two sides will meet on Wednesday to try to find a solution, but L’Equipe reports that the national team will select the youngsters and players from PROD2 to fill in the match if necessary. The France team is to unite on Sunday, October 18.

Despite the decision of the Council of State of France against a request filed by the National Rugby League – on behalf of the Top 14 – last week, the FFR has yet to find an agreement with the LNR to move forward.

France begin their Six Nations final against the Irish on October 31, tied for 13 points with England at the top of the table. The Blues were on track for a Grand Slam this year, but missed their chances with Murrayfield losing to Scotland in March after failing to recover from Mohamed Haouas’ red card for hitting Jamie Ritchie.

Wayne Pivac’s team have already teamed up – you can see the first published photos of the camp here – with the game at a week and a half away.

Wales boss Pivac confirmed last week that there was a Plan B if the clash against France did not happen, but they expected him to go ahead.


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“We are confident that the game will go ahead and we will prepare for this game,” he said.

“Obviously, you still have a plan B, internally, if the game doesn’t go well. For us, however, France is our first opponent and that’s what we’ll be focusing on in the first two weeks. “

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