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French players prefer a leisurely beach stroll to bungee-jumping on day off

09/14/2011 08:37 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:19 EST
TAKAPUNA, New Zealand - Don't expect France's players to be white water rafting, jetboat skiing or bungee-jumping on their day off from Rugby World Cup duties on Thursday.

While England players Richard Wigglesworth and Dylan Hartley bungee-jumped in the alpine resort of Queenstown earlier this week, the idea of plummeting from a great height tied to an elastic rope holds little appeal to the French.

"It must stir the emotions up. I'm not sure if I would enjoy it," veteran prop Jean-Baptiste Poux said. "It would be tough for some players, on my part it would be. I think some would have vertigo and wouldn't be able to do it."

France's players are more likely to be spotted walking along Takapuna beach on New Zealand's North Shore, where the team's training camp is based, or taking in Auckland's harbour views.

"I would rather go for a walk, make the most of the good weather," flanker Imanol Harinordoquy said. "It is important to take your mind off things, get a bit of fresh air, have a nice meal for a couple of hours."

At six foot four and weighing in at 243 pounds (110 kilograms), Harinordoquy fears he would too heavy for a bungee jump.

"If the bloke tells me the (weight limit) is 110 kilos, I'm not going," he said, adding that it's not his idea of a team-building exercise, anyway.

"Well, when you jump with an elastic, you're on your own ... 15 of you don't jump together, so I don't know how it can bring a team together," Harinordoquy said. "There are (other) things you can do that really can bring a team together."

Two-time runner-up France, which beat Japan 47-21 in its Pool A opener, plays Canada in Napier on Sunday.

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