Toulon give their coach the boot

Former France international prop Jean-Jacques Crenca was sacked on Monday as scrum coach of Championship side Toulon as a result of the side’s poor start to the season.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal, who has poured money into the club which paid off last season when they were promoted, took the decision to sack 39-year-old Crenca after Toulon lost 21-17 to fellow strugglers Castres on Saturday.

Crenca, capped 33 times by France and a member of the side that were beaten by England in the 2003 World Cup semi-final, has been replaced by a former Toulon coach Aubin Hueber.

“I was very disappointed by the match with Castres,” said Boudjellal, who has spent heavily on ageing former stars such as the now departed Australian scrum-half George Gregan and All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens in first the bid to win promotion and then to challenge for the title.

“I was less than impressed by the attitude of the players. It was not an easy decision to take as I don’t have much to fault him (Crenca) on but it was imperative to give the squad an electric shock.”

Hueber, 41 and capped 23 times at scrum-half, coached Toulon to promotion in 2005 but was sacked at the end of the following season when they finished bottom of the table.

Toulon presently lie fourth from bottom just two points above second from bottom Castres.

Sapa-AFP –

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