In October 2017, as self-appointed chairman of selectors, I named a coach and 32 iconic French players in my squad. They had to meet the following criteria for selection, which gave me ample room for discretion:
To those of us who watched their games, whatever our nationality, it was the French Flair that we remember. It was their Gallic expression of this beautiful game, their version of the iron fist in a velvet glove, a mélange of brutality, skill, spontaneity and vertiginous runs which conjured magnificent tries. Like the world’s great artists - Mozart, Picasso, Shakespeare, Lennon, Zidane, De Niro - their artistry was intoxicating, palpable and etched into your memory forever.
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