Nicholas Mas has stormed out of a press conference being held in relation to France’s vital clash with Ireland at the Stade de France this weekend.

Mas was facing journalists who criticised Les Bleus lack of success under the new scrummaging laws and who also voiced their displeasure at the unconvincing manner of their victory at Murrayfield on Saturday. Mas reacted angrily to the questions and promptly exited the room, cutting short the press conference. On the criticism of the front row, Mas retorted; ‘I have been doing the same things for 10 or 15 years, you want me to change overnight?’

Nicholas Mas

Further to this, when the manner of the victory against Scotland was brought up, he conceded that things hadn’t quite gone to plan. Victory was snatched with a straightforward 78th minute penalty from replacement Jean-Marc Doussain, but the veteran insisted that winning itself was undoubtedly more important than style, especially in such a hotly contested championship. Things appear to be getting tense in the French capital, ahead of what is a massive weekend for rugby in the Northern Hemisphere!