It’s no great secret that when it comes to Top14 rugby, bigger is definitely perceived as better.
Just last year Toulouse fielded a 1 tonne pack, which works out at 125kg or 19st 10Ibs a man. That’s give or take a full 100kg heavier than an average Tier 1 international pack.
And Toulouse are by no means alone.
Just how obsessed the French top flight are with size – and by association weight – was illuminated in a conversation at a RugbyPod live event in London this week.
Along with regulars Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton, special guest on the evening was England and Lions legend Simon Shaw, who played at Toulon before hanging up his boots at the ripe old age of 39, having spent 23 years as a professional.
How 6’8 and 125kg Simon Shaw and latterly 6’8, 125kg Jim Hamilton describe the Top14’s attitude to weight is to say the least an eye opener.
Shaw, who won 71 caps for England, describes the difference between the Top14 and the Premiership as a “world apart”. The video contains adult language.