Former France Coach Philippe Saint-André Flying In As Consultant Week Before Match
The preparations for Uruguay took a bizarre twist with the announcement that former French coach and current TV media personality Philippe Saint-André will fly into Vancouver as a consultant for the week as the team prepare to take on Uruguay in the first leg of a home and away series.
According to media reports in France, the former national team head coach will fly into Vancouver to act as a "consultant" to the Canada team in their preparations for Uruguay. He was Kingsley Jones' boss when the pair coached at Sale in the English Premiership. He currently works as a media personality for RMC Sports and is volunteer coach for the Cameroon National Rugby team.
"I'm going to be a consultant for a week," he told RMC Sport, "The head coach, Kingsley Jones, was my assistant for five years at the Sale Sharks when we were English champions (2006), [he] would have wanted me to stay two weeks with them but it was not possible with my obligations for the group SFR-RMC who released me for this week"
Rugby Canada haven't mentioned the appointment at the time of writing, either on social media or their website. They did post a photo of the team training in London today.UPDATE
The former French coach sees a bit of humour in the trip, he retweeted this from his Twitter account
- Canadian rugby fans aren't likely to share his sense of humour on this.