Yes the players are there. But not the other ingredients. At the moment and for the foreseeable future the cons outweight the pros though. This is why leading French coaches will not be easily enticed. And why the union basically are stuck for top candidates. Outsiders with a ‘French profile’ are not really an option. Cotter is having a nightmare at Montpellier. Schmidt said he won’t be available after Ireland. I think the next candidate might be Pierre Mignoni. Not because he’s the most experienced (he isn’t). But because he’s a Laporte man. He was his assistant at Toulon. The union is a mafia. They won’t look outside. They will elect their own people in order to retain control. Brunel’s appointment over Noves is the perfect example.