FLASHBACK: December 1978

France claimed a 2-0 series win over the touring Kangaroos with a 11-10 result at the Stade Municipal, Toulouse in front of 6,500 delirious home town fans.
The French had won the First Test 13-10 at Stade Albert Domec in Carcassonne and the Australians, coached by Frank Stanton, were intent on revenge in the return match.
The referee, Mr Laverny from Bordeaux, did the Australians no favours, but this French side, coached by Roger Garrigue, were worthy opponents.
Their line-up included world class players, lock, Joel Roosebrouck and prop, Didier Hermet from Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, and Jean Marc Bourret in the centres.
Bourret, from Perpignan, was offered a contract by Balmain, but eventually succumbed to a lucrative rugby union deal in France, in the days when the 15 man game was supposedly amateur.
Newtown, through their major benefactor, John Singleton, also were interested in Bourret.

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