Baptiste Serin has all the necessary attributes to make the scrum-half jersey his own with France in the coming years, says Dimitri Yachvili.
Former Les Bleus star Yachvili, who now works as a pundit for beIN Sports, knows what it takes to succeed at the top level having earned 61 caps for France between 2002 and 2012.
And the 36-year-old has tipped the Bordeaux-Begles scrum-half to shine.
Speaking to Omnisport, he said: “I like his game, I like his skills. He’s an intuitive scrum-half.
“I like this kind of player because for a few years, we saw in France a big scrum-half with a big physique, but now we come back to a more intuitive scrum-half with a very good kick, very good skills and good speed of pass.
“I think he has a good future and it’s very good news for French rugby.
“He can be a very good scrum-half for France, but you know a career is very hard. Sometimes you have injuries, sometimes you can live some difficult moments.
“He has maybe to play more with Bordeaux, to play high-level games with Bordeaux like Champions Cup games. He is a worker, he likes to work, so I think he can be the next scrum-half for France.”
France were 19-16 losers to England at Twickenham last weekend and Yachvili expects Eddie Jones’ men to retain their title, claiming Les Bleus are realistically aiming for third place.
“For France, I hope we will beat Scotland. We have to beat Italy and the last game against Wales,” he added.
“I think it’s going to be very hard for us in Ireland. I think and I hope we will finish around the third place, which means it will be quite a good Six Nations for us.
“England, I think, will win the Six Nations this year because they are still a good team even if they didn’t play very well last weekend for 60 minutes. I think they will be very dangerous.”
Dimitri Yachvili will be among the former internationals competing in the Tournoi des 6 Stations [The 6 Stations Tournament] on the snow in the French Alps from February 13-19. For more information on the event visit www.tournoides6stations.com/anglais
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