Rugby World Cup 2011: France face familiar threat of in-fighting ahead of clash with Canada
It wouldn’t be a proper World Cup if the French weren’t bickering among themselves and, sure enough, the build-up to the game against Canada has been dominated by reports that coach Marc Lievremont is using the French press to criticise his players rather than confronting them himself.
Marc Lievremeont has been accused of using the French press to criticise his players rather than confronting them himself. Photo: AP
By Brendan Gallagher, in Auckland9:11PM BST 17 Sep 2011 2 Comments
Following France's 47-21 win over Japan in their first World Cup game last week, Lievremont was not exactly fulsome in the press about the performances of Dimitri Yachvili, Imanol Harinordoquy and Morgan Parra.
“I would have preferred it if Marc had kept the remarks in-house, that is how we do things at Biarritz,” said Yachvili, who finds himself on the bench.
“He should realise that part of his role is that of psychologist.”
Parra philosphoically remarked that, “we have grown used to his temperamentality” but Harinordoquy, who admitted that whether criticism he thoroughly deserved being criticised after a rare bad day at the office.
“I have had much worse criticism directed at me in the past and I deserved it,” said Harinordoquy.