RBS 6 Nations Preview: France
Can they do it again? Who knows. The last six months have been something of a return to the howling insanity of Lievremont's early days in charge, but he will hope to settle down to a core of 22 players that he can stick with in the run up to the World Cup.
The pack that did so well last year should largely be the same this time around, although the backs look to have a different feel altother. Last year's centre pairing is no more, with Loco Bastareaud dropped due to being a fat knacker and the wonderful Jauzion losing some magic and being overtaken by Maxime Mermoz. The coach also seems keen to kill any creativity on the outside, with the man shaped ball cannon Traille looking first choice at fullback ahead of the flamboyant Poitrenaud, and horse-like person Rougerie likely to assume the 13 berth.
At least that's Lievremont's plan for this week. Next week he may field and entire team of penguins.
Prediction: 1st. The decisive factor may be that they are the side with the least injury absentees. They should have enough quality, and enough first choice players available to win it
Key Player: Morgan Parra, still only 22 but nevertheless crucial
Player most likely to make Brian Moore's piss boil (excluding scrum-half): Damien Traille - "I mean, why has he kicked that away? Brainless!"