Six Nations 2017: France late concussion switch under investigation after thrilling win
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 20:17
Fifth place - they dropped from second with this result, and with lost out on around £1.5m - is Wales' worst finish since 2007.
Finally, something similar to a game of rugby would resume, and Chouly would score the all-important try for the French, though that did not stop the stadium announcer giving Camille Chat the credit.
It was the longest match in Six Nations history when Damien Chouly bundled his way over the try line in the 99th minute, but France's incredibly late victory over Wales on Saturday was anything but thrilling. A victory for Wales, and a defeat for Ireland would have propelled Rob Howley's side into fourth in the world rankings ahead of the World Cup draw.
Rabah Slimani, who'd left in the 55th minute, returned in the 81st for tighthead prop Uini Atonio, who may have been concussed. A member of the French coaching staff ran down the touchline, passed a message to medic Philippe Turblin, who then removed Atonio from the field arguing he needed a head injury assessment.
"The referee (Englishman Wayne Barnes) is told an HIA needs to take place, and he trusts that information".
Wales are most concerned by the Slimani affair and are considering making further representations to the Six Nations committee.
But on every occasion he was content to award just a penalty perhaps because he felt unhappy about Slimani returning [although he would not admit it] or because he had refused a penalty try for Wales when he yellow carded Virimi Vakatawa for the deliberate knock-on [again in the red zone] that prevented a simple touchdown for George North.
"An independent citing commissioner was present at the match and will be reviewing all relevant incidents in the usual way", Six Nations organisers said. He will take that time to make those decisions.
'We are looking into the matter and will issue a statement in due course once our findings are complete'.
Noves denied his team had been up to no good, but was unable to confirm exactly what injury Atonio had.
"There is a technical area and you are not allowed outside that. That's all I have seen". "It just didn't seem right".
They also knew that they had Wales in all sorts of trouble in the front-row, while injuries had depleted the rest of the pack behind them to the point that captain Alun Wyn Jones was off, Jake Ball had joined him and replacement Luke Charteris was scrumming down next to No 8 Ross Moriarty in the second-row.
Jones has been mentioned as a possible skipper of Warren Gatland's touring party to take on the All Blacks despite Wales' inconsistent form.
The 31-year-old lock forward led the Lions in the final Test of their 2-1 series win over Australia in 2013 and has been touted, alongside Sam Warburton and Owen Farrell, as one of the options to wear the armband against the back-to-back world champions.