Former opener Michalak joins France’s coaching team for Australian tests – .

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Former opener Michalak joins France’s coaching team for Australian tests – .


Paris (AFP)

Former France opening half Frédéric Michalak has joined the Blues coaching staff for the Australia tour, team manager Raphael Ibanez said on Thursday.

Michalak, 38, made the last of his 77 test appearances at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and is currently a backstage staff member of the Sydney Roosters Rugby League.

France, coached by former captain Fabien Galthie, faces the Wallabies in three Tests in 10 days from July 7.

The Blues are deprived of many top-choice players due to a mandatory 14-day isolation period upon arrival in Australia and the Top 14 final on Friday between Toulouse and La Rochelle.

Michalak was in France last week but returned to Sydney, where his family lives.

“At first, we took him in so he could take advantage of the quarantine period. But his knowledge and experience of rugby can serve us and our young players, ”former French skipper Ibanez told AFP.

“He is at their disposal to share his experience, it’s fantastic.

“We don’t stop anything while he’s with us,” he added.

Earlier, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said uncapped flanker Alexandre Fischer will not be able to play against the Wallabies because he has an invalid passport.

The FFR added that no replacement will be named to replace Clermont’s rear rower due to coronavirus entry rules in Australia.

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