Chabal hits out at Blanco

27th Aug 2014, 09:58

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Strong words: Chabal is not impressed by Blanco's new position

Strong words: Chabal is not impressed by Blanco's new position

Former France star Sebastien Chabal has laid into Serge Blanco about his new role within the French set-up.

Former France star Sebastien Chabal has laid into Serge Blanco about his new role within the French set-up.

The iconic Chabal retired over the off-season after helping Lyon back into the Top 14, and last featured for France back in 2011.

He was never called up by new France coach Philippe Saint-André, whose lack of results over the last couple of seasons have led to Blanco's appointment in advisory role to turn things around.

Blanco's exact tasks are not entirely clear, and for Chabal, the appointment is a nonsense which will make absolutely no difference to the results of Les Bleus.

"What is Serge Blanco's role in the world of rugby these days?" Chabal told RMC Radio.

"For the president of a club [Biarritz] to go and interfere with the French national team, what's going on? In our sport we mix up everything.

"Everyone wants to look after their own interests and benefits. We ask the national team to do a job on the pitch, and to win some games.

"He might speak better than Philippe, maybe and that would be good, but that's not going to be the reason we start winning matches and help the national team improve. So once more it's absolute nonsense.