French rugby coach excludes players over night of drinking

After just two matches in charge and as many defeats, France rugby coach Jacques Brunel is already facing discipline problems within his team.

Brunel, who was appointed in December to end a dismal string of results for the Tricolors, decided on Tuesday to exclude from his Six Nations squad several players who went out drinking after last weekend’s loss to Scotland.

The French rugby federation said in a statement that Brunel left out the players from the group gathered to prepare France’s next game against Italy because “they did not respect their international player status and the duties resulting from it.”

Teddy Thomas, who scored two tries in the 32-26 loss at Murrayfield and has been France’s best player so far in tournament, is among those excluded.

The French federation did not say exactly…

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