Connacht have been handed a boost of sorts ahead of their Heineken cup trip to Biarritz with the news that the Basque club have taken the unusual step of suspending coaches Jack Isaac and Serge Milhas following their 22-14 defeat by Connacht in Galway on Friday.
Statements from Biarritz have confirmed that the pair have been removed from their positions until 6th January, however according to outside reports it is unlikely that either Isaac or Milhas will return to their positions.
Biarritz club president Serge Blanco, who represented both Biarritz and France for over a decade, met with the pair following their return from Ireland, and the decision regarding their temporary suspension came less than 24 hours later. Blanco has also been openly critical of the team’s recent performances.
Backs coach Isaac has been with Biarritz since 2007 while forwards coach Milhas was strongly linked with the position of head coach with Castres during the summer.
Athletic Director Laurent Rodriguez and training centre director Mathieu Rourre will take charge of Biarritz’s return match against Connacht at Parc des Sports Aguilera on Friday.
After a dreadful 2011-12 season, the Basque club have endured a poor season start to this campaign losing eight of their last eleven games, which included a six match losing streak between September and November.
They currently sit third in Heineken Cup’s pool three and seventh in the French Top 14.