Rugby

France 'ignored' Lievremont

2011-10-31 14:10
Imanol Harinordoquy (AFP)

Paris - French players took their Rugby World Cup campaign into their own hands and largely overlooked "lost" coach Marc Lievremont to reach the final, Imanol Harinordoquy said.

France got off to a stuttering start in New Zealand, being thrashed by the All Blacks and losing to Tonga in the group phase before beating England and Wales and losing 8-7 to the host nation in the final.

"After the defeat against Tonga (...) I did not attach too much importance to what Marc said," number eight Harinordoquy told rugby biweekly Midi Olympique on Monday.

"It was our adventure. It was meant to be the nice experience of 30 men. We had to free ourselves from his supervision."

Harinordoquy, who has earned 77 caps for France since 2002, said that coach Lievremont was "lost" and put too much pressure on his squad.

"He cast the stone at us too often. When something goes wrong, we're all in the same boat. There are no good or bad guys," he said.

Lievremont slammed a section of the squad as 'spoiled brats' after they went out following their 9-8 victory over Wales in the semi-final, although he later added he meant his remark to be affectionate.

"I felt he was lost," said Harinordoquy. "I will not miss him."

In 2007, the England players also rebelled to turn the situation around and reached the final after a lacklustre pool stage.

France came really close to beating the All Blacks but Harinordoquy reckoned South African Craig Joubert's refereeing played a major part in Les Bleus's final defeat.

"He was only looking at us," the Biarritz player said before also criticising New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

"He played the whole match in our camp. He did a lot of (bad) things and nobody told him anything.

"Three minutes from the end of the game, I saw him dive on the side of a ruck and he stayed there for ages."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Climbing the world’s largest stone arch

For the first time ever, a rock climber conquered the biggest stone arch in the world.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Western Province and the Golden Lions will do battle at Newlands on Saturday, October 25 for the 2014 Absa Currie Cup title. Who will lift the trophy after 80 minutes?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.