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France Pumped Up By Amphetamines In 1980s, Book Says - Yahoo News

View photo France face New Zealand's All Blacks on November 8, 1986 in Toulouse, ahead of their infamous "Battle of Nantes" clash (AFP Photo/) Paris (AFP) - France's national rugby union team was a vast consumer of amphetamines in the 1980s including in a famous win over the All Blacks, according to a new book. "They each had their little pill in front of their plates for the meal before the match," French team doctor of the time, Jacques Mombet, is quoted as saying in the book. Mombet said the drug taking was most their website obvious when France played New Zealand at Nantes in 1986. The match became dubbed "The battle of Nantes" for its ferocity which resulted in All Black legend Wayne Shelford being knocked out and losing see page several teeth in the process. France beat the All Blacks 16-3. "The Blacks realised that http://ospwey210ken.livejournal.com their opponents, unrecognisable from the previous week, were loaded," Mombet said in the book by investigative journalist Pierre Ballester. New Zealand made a complaint to the International Rugby Board, which approached the French sports ministry which informed the French federation and a clampdown was started, the doctor said. Ballester wrote that he asked the doctor whether that meant rugby legends such as Serge Blanco, Philippe Sella and Pierre Berbizier were involved.
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