The veteran lock, who also captains European champions Toulouse,claims the players have been overlooked in a new league set-up which couldinvolve 10 extra matches a season in the first year when the two pools arecombined to a 16-club league. "If we have to strike, then we will," he told l'Equipesports daily.
"We are not opposed to a single pool, it's just the fixturelist that has been produced. If being a professional player means clocking in at thefactory every day then I don't want any part of it."
The French players' union meets on Thursday to draw up itsresponse to League president Serge Blanco's plans for a 16-club championship in2004/2005 and a 14-club league for the three following years.
Reports say the players might consider boycotting next season'sEuropean
France play the United States and Canada in June and head coachBernard Laporte wants a full-strength squad. Club coaches are furious at theidea of their senior players being forced to play two "meaningless"Tests but Pelous has defended Laporte.
"As an international player you wants to honour your countryin every Test," he said.
The FFR said a new club fixture list would have to take intoaccount the France Test side's commitments, the players' physical well-being andthe financial viability of clubs.
Officials from the FFR, LNR and players' union were scheduled tomeet on Friday to review the project.
AFP - 2004.