sport news France's debutant prop Mohamed Haouas is Le Enforcer

If the buzzwords of 'violence' and 'brutality' around Sunday's match need bringing into perspective, then look no further than the story of France's debutant prop.

When Montpellier signed Mohamed Haouas as a teenager, they made an agreement with the police that he would not return to the troubled streets of his crime-tarnished youth.

Haouas had served time in a young offenders' prison for robbery, his passport had been confiscated and he was under curfew between the hours of 8pm and 7am.

Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad revealed how Haouas arrived at training with a knife wound

Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad revealed how Haouas arrived at training with a knife wound

He was the biggest kid on the streets, an enforcer who weighed in at more than 20 stone. The club promised to educate and home the youngster but occasionally he would slip back into his old ways.

Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad, who also grew up in poverty, recalls one such instance when Haouas arrived at training with a knife wound on his hand.

'In many ways, it is a very nice story,' Altrad told the Mail on Sunday. 'In France, 13 million people live in areas called quartiers where employment is about 60 per cent and there is a lot of poverty.

'It is mainly people from Morocco, Algeria and Turkey and Mohamed grew up in one of these areas. His parents separated early and the rule in these areas is that you fight.'

Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad Haouas arrived at training with a knife wound on his hand.

 Haouas was the biggest kid on the streets, an enforcer who weighed in at more than 20 stone

Haouas even punched one of his own team-mates, South African Bismarck du Plessis, in a warm-up last year.

'He went to jail several times,' said Altrad. 'Little education, little jobs. He kept fighting, stealing. The area has small flats where people hardly have anything to eat.

'We knew that he had shown good things on the rugby pitch. We went to the police and committed to taking care of him. We gave him a room and an education on the agreement that he didn't go to his quartier. Nevertheless, he kept going back at the weekends.

'One Monday he came in with a very big cut on his hand. We asked him 'What's that?' and he said, 'People were

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