French farce

THE April 20 Trans-Tasman Test in Canberra will be the first involving an Australian side, but the national capital has hosted a number of league internationals over the years.
The most sensational was a 1955 tour match between France and Monaro Division, which encompassed Canberra and surrounding country areas.
More than 200 spectators ran on to the Manuka Oval playing field mid-way through the second half when wild brawling broke out between most of the 26 players.
Play was held up for seven minutes while police quelled the disturbance and the local side went on to record an 11 points to three victory.
This was a talented French side, and they went on to beat Australia 2-1 in a gripping Test series.
But one wonders whether some of their players might have been sent home if the same thing happened today.
Just before the riot started, spectators shouted: “Send them home” and “Stop the Game.”
A series of ugly incidents were watched by the Governor General, Sir William Slim and shocked members of the diplomatic corps.
French hooker, Rene Moulis and Monaro prop, Clive Moon from Cooma were sent off by Newcastle referee, Harold Gillard.
France’s captain and fullback, Jean Dop feigned injury, so the Monaro players claimed, when tackled near his own line.
A Monaro player seized Dop by the jersey and dumped him down. French prop, Guy Delaye kicked the Monaro player and then it was on for young and old.
Moulis and Moon received one week bans, otherwise no action was taken even though the match earned rugby league unwanted front page coverage around the country.

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