‘They had two Super League clubs’ – Great Britain legend calls out ‘very poor’ France after World Cup exit

Former Wales and Great Britain legend Jim Mills has questioned the quality of French rugby league following their heavy defeat to Samoa.

France went into the quarter-final decider with hope after giving England a much better game than Samoa, however they were put to the sword by the Pacific Island nation.

And during their 62-4 humbling, Mills took to social media to question how France could be so poor having had two teams in Super League during the 2022 season.

“Can’t understand why France RL can’t put a competitive team out in this RL World Cup, they had 2 SL clubs in France but still can’t put 15 decent players out.

“Samoa already 40 pts up after 60min. Could it be they play to many overseas players in their club teams. Very poor.”

Both Catalans Dragons and Toulouse Olympique used their full quota of overseas players during the 2022 season, however both teams still took up the majority of the French team.

Their displays up until the heavy defeat to Samoa were promising, having followed up their win over Greece with a positive showing against group winners England as they trailed only 18-12 at half-time.

However, France’s exit from the tournament, and the manner of it, is a concerning one with head coach Laurent Frayssinous recognising after the game that they were well below par.

Despite the involvement of Sydney Roosters head coach Trent Robinson as Director of Rugby, the vision of rugby league in France is again being questioned.

The truth is though that before a ball was kicked in this World Cup, the French were rank outsiders to come out of the group with England and Samoa possessing much greater talent in their squads – and that’s how it turned out.

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