Written by Stuart McLennan
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has taken advantage of his strong connection with France to bring in rugby union legend and France’s highest ever point scorer Frederic Michalak to the Roosters camp for a short stint recently.
It is not known what role Michalak played at the Sydney Roosters although the French fly half has an impressive record as a sharpshooter when it comes to goal kicking.
On his Instagram account he posted photos with Robinson and Roosters NRLW captain Corban McGregor saying “Be professional, work hard, learn, share, challenge ideas … with a smile”
It is not the first time the innovative Roosters coach has looked to the other code to add expertise, having employed former Wallabies and recently appointed Lebanon rugby league head coach Michael Cheika last season.
Robinson has a close affiliation with France having played and coached at Toulouse Olympique and coached the Catalans Dragons. The highly successful coach speaks fluent French and chose to set up camp and run an opposed session against Toulouse Olympique in Paris before the 2019 World Club Challenge.
Michalak was born and bred in the rugby league playing area of Toulouse and has a cousin Jonathan who plays Elite1 rugby league for the city in the south of France.
The Frenchman played for his hometown Toulouse, Toulon and Lyon as well as the South African Durban Sharks notching up 77 appearances for les Bleus and scoring a record 436 points.
Michalak’s wife Cindy is Australian. The Frenchman who is currently manager of the Blagnac rugby club spent time at the Roosters, Broncos and Titans in 2019 as part of a development tour. He was invited to attend a NSW Waratahs training session recently.
There have been a number of ex rugby league players that have made the transition to rugby union coaching including John Muggleton, Les Kiss, Shaun Edwards and Andy Farrell.