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Mathieu's grand slammer mon dieu!

FRANCE'S probable Six Nations rugby triumph has sparked a SkyDome barman into coq-tail action.

Mathieu Linares, of Aix-en-Provence, near Marseilles, is an engineering and business management student at Coventry University by day and works in the Diva nightclub by night.

And his country's recent victory over England has put them on course to win the Northern Hemisphere's biggest prize in rugby and has led to his invention of a new cocktail - the grand slammer.

John Bunce, manager of Ikon superclub, Diva and Bonds, said the drink, which is based on the tequila slammer, would only be available for a few weeks as English members of staff were looking forward to the football World Cup in the hope of revenge. He said: "Mathieu asked if it would be OK to name the drink the Grand Slammer because of France's rugby success and to prove that we English are good sports I said he could.

"I am not too sure how well it will sell alongside some of our traditional English drinks and I have had to warn Mathieu that the drink will need to be replaced in the summer when England win the football World Cup."

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GREAT SHAKES: Mathieu prepares his celebratory grand slammer cocktail
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Date:Apr 5, 2002
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