The French Rugby Federation (FFR) have temporarily dodged preparations for their Six Nations tie with Ireland to dispute claims over Fabien Galthié’s salary.
They released a statement on Wednesday, describing the head coach’s compensation information as “erroneous.”
Totalsport claimed that Galthié had a base salary of £650,000 (€771,000) a year, with potential bonuses of £500,000 (€592,000).
By comparison, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell is said to have a base salary of £500,000, with the same in potential bonuses.
England head coach Eddie Jones is said to be the highest paid coach at the Six Nations, earning £750,000 (€889,000) a year, with £500,000 in bonuses.
Obviously unhappy, the FFR tweeted to say: “The “Totalsportal” site published an erroneous ranking mentioning the supposed remuneration of Fabien Galthié.
“The FFR categorically denies the amounts mentioned in this ranking concerning the coach of the France team.”
The FFR did not specify whether the actual amount paid to its head coach is higher or lower than the reports. However, Totalsport aren’t the only ones to report the £650,000-a-year figure.
Galthié missed last week’s Six Nations opener at home to Italy, after contracting COVID-19, but is expected to return to the coach’s box for Saturday’s visit from Farrell’s side .
The Blues will however be deprived of Matthieu Jalibert this weekend.
The Bordeaux-Bègles half-back has a thigh injury which forced him to miss last week’s win over Italy, and will not be in danger against Ireland.
Galthié says he is happy that Thomas Ramos covers the position.