Saint-André bolsters backroom staff with Teulet appointment
28 April 2014 12:00pm
Philippe Saint-André has brought in Romain Teulet as France's specialist kicking coach
Romain Teulet admitted he was surprised when Philippe Saint-André asked him to join his backroom staff as France's specialist kicking coach.
Head coach Saint-André revealed in January his intention to appoint a team of specialists in key areas to join Les Bleus - France's fourth-place finish in this year's RBS 6 Nations highlighting that improvements can still be made.
And with 36-year-old Teulet announcing his retirement as a player with Castres at the end of the season, Saint-André jumped at the chance to recruit him.
Teulet, nicknamed Robocop for his unusual kicking action and incredible accuracy, will now accompany France during their tour of Australia in June for a trial period to establish a working protocol on the kicking game and penalties.
"When Philippe Saint-André contacted me to tell me about this role, I did not expect it," said Teulet, who holds the world record for points scored in top-level professional club rugby.
"It was a surprise because I had just announced my retirement from the sport with Castres Olympique at the end of the season and I am very proud to be called to work with the kickers of French national team.
"Playing rugby is a joy and be goal-kicker has always been my passion. Working with experienced players is above all about creating a relationship of trust, observing their routines and interacting with their regular coaches.
"This is to help them make their technique even smoother, more accurate and as efficient as possible."
Two fine finishes either side of half-time from winger Sofiane Guitoune ensured France escaped this potential banana skin with a 38-11 victory over Romania, ensuring Pool D at the Rugby World Cup remains a straight shootout with their RBS 6 Nations rivals Ireland.