I am always fascinated when I wonder around Twickenham or any other major rugby ground as to whom you might bump into or see. Last Sunday was no exception at the England v France game, there are always plenty of charcters to have a chat to whether from this side of the Channel or the other. Plenty of former Internationals to wandering around or some working as was Austin Healey for his new show, he was interviewing Ben Kay. Not far away a posse of former French Internationals, Fabien Galthie and Vincent Moscato, himself a radio show host these days on Radio Monte-Carlo. I wonder if he bumped into his old foe Brian Moore during his visit!!! The commanding presence of former French captain Abdelatif Benazzi always happy to chat and shake a hand or two. Jeff Tordo and Philippe Benetton sat just in front of me during the game sat impassivly during the first half as France shipped 29 points, they had seen it all before and at the end of it as they shook English hands were told “Good game!” It’s a phrase that has stuck in French throats. So it is now a tradition that whenever a French side beats an English one “Good game” is the parting French comment, pay back time.
I suspect our Cornish lads Darren Jacques, Luke Collins and Josh Lord were on the receiving end of “Good Game” as France Federale beat England Counties 27-19 at Twickenham on Sunday evening. It was a good game between two evenly matched sides, however the French had in winger Bertrand Artero a goal kicker who punished English indiscretions with a 14-point haul from the boot. The Cornish trio competed well throughout and Luke Collins took his second half try really well after James Kellard’s initial break.
It was also good to see Phil Vickery pop out during the game and chat to some of the players. There was a moment during the main game on Sunday when England were pressing in the French 22, full back Bevon Armitage was caught up in the ruck and guess who was covering full back with no other English player within 50 yards….. Phil Vickery!!! It was a very good game.