I don't think the club situation has been a detriment to the national side's form. France are still producing class players regardless of how many foreign players are being bought my Toulon etc. The IRFU are strict on foreign signings because the bottle neck of aspiring talent is already so small. With only 4 provinces where 3 are only top class, there's only so many spots available for Irish talent. Even with our foreign player restrictions there are players who miss out and have to move to England or France (James Hart etc). France have a much larger leeway where they have 14 clubs to pick from. The problem with the French national side is their selections and coaching. You look at their team sheet and you can't honestly say they are lacking in class but when they take to the field you just think "WTF?" because there's no game plan. I don't have any issue with Toulon in particular either. They have a culture that the players and fans love. Toulon is not in the business of pleasing fans from other clubs. As said it takes a lot more to be a successful side than to simply buy big name players. Those players all have to live and breathe the rugby philosophy and even integrate themselves into the Toulon culture. The fans love them and the fans want them so let them be. We talk about clubs like Toulon being detrimental to the game in the SH etc but we were talking about that years ago after the 2007 world cup and even though there was a huge exodus of players the SH to this day are still successful having continued to produce new, young and exciting talent in the place of those who left. I'd imagine that will keep happening. The game is moving in a direction where players aren't rooted to one place any longer. There is a flow where one player leaves another comes. We are used to the idea of territories but rugby is now feeling the effects of globalisation. edit. I don't think I said anything about the actual game but from what I've read it has been said. Line outs were a shambles, completely overpowered at the break down, which made life hell for the half backs, and the rest of our back line was anonymous, especially the midfield where we possessed very little power or pace. Seeing D'Arcy getting out paced by Steffon Armitage was just I don't know.. The later had a great game.