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For most modern-day France players and coaches, Twickenham is a place of defeats and ordeals, ghosts and scars. But it is not like that for Raphael Ibanez.
The Gallic team manager has a very different view about the home of English rugby — a venue where he enjoyed some of his greatest days as a player.
He won a Heineken Cup there with Wasps in 2007 and a Premiership title the following year. Back in 1999, he led the French side who beat the All Blacks in an epic World Cup semi-final at Twickenham.
Ibanez was also captain the last time France beat England in south west London, in a warm-up game ahead of the 2007 World Cup.
It is now 18 years since France have won ‘Le Crunch’ away from home in the Six Nations, so their manager — along with