In the autumn, England will warm up for the visit of New Zealand against France in 20th October.
The match, which is going to take place in England a week ahead of the first of three Tests opposite the Kiwis, will let the coach Wayne Bennett to give run-outs to his NRL-based players and also to those who are not involved in the Super League Grand Final (SLGF) a week earlier. It will be the first meeting of England with the French since their victory of 36-6 in the group stages of the World Cup 2017 in Perth last November.
Vincent Clerc the legend of France rugby has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of the season. He has made this announcement after spending 16 years for his country. Clerc is now 36-years-old and he was winger on the team.
He has won 67 caps for his country and for three occasions, he was a NatWest 6 Nations champion, winning the Grand Slam with France in the year 2004 and 2010. Announcing his retirement in a video shared on the social media platform Clerc said: “It was almost a year ago, when I got an Achilles injury, I thought everything was over.
Salmaan Moerat is going to lead a squad of Junior Springbok featuring seven players who took part in the U20 Championship World Rugby last year, in the south of France, from May 30 to June 17.
Moerat, who has established himself as a captain for the SA Schools team in the year 2016, will have the clear support of Wandisile Simelane, Damian Willemse, Muller Uys, Rewan Kruger, Daniel Jooste and Gianni Lombard. All these were the members of the SA U20 squad 2016 that won the bronze medal in Georgia.
France is crowned by Rugby Europe U18s girls’ team sevens champions and as a result, the team qualifies for the Youth Olympic Games, which is going to take place in Buenos Aires later this year.
The future of French sevens rugby, women’s team appears to be in bad health after the team of U18 were crowned the European champions on home soil in Vichy at the weekend. The team registered the superb 22-0 win over number one seeds Great Britain. This has also presented the opportunity for finest young players of France competing at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. The competition is scheduled to take place in the month of October.