The All Blacks versus France World Cup final replay in June was given added spice Wednesday with the appointment of Wayne Barnes as the referee.
French clubs fired back at criticism labelling them as the main reason France performed so badly in the recently-concluded Six Nations.
The outspoken President of Top 14 leaders Toulon on Monday blasted the French Rugby Federation, saying they should be paying the wages of Frederic Michalak.
Fifteen players have been shortlisted for the Six Nations Player of the Championship.
France and Toulon utility back Frederic Michalak faces at least three weeks on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder.
The French team has soul and spirit despite a disastrous Six Nations campaign that saw them land the wooden spoon for the first time since 1999.
France landed the dreaded wooden spoon despite beating Scotland 23-16 at the Stade de France in their final Six Nations match.
France centre Florian Fritz was on Friday ruled out of his country's final Six Nations match with Scotland at the Stade de France on Saturday.
France are hoping to avoid the wooden spoon for the first time since 1999 when they face the Scots in Paris on Sunday.
South African born flank Antonie Claassen will get his first start for France in their final Six Nations match against Scotland at the Stade de France on Saturday.
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