19 May 2009

French rugby officials expect at least one win over All Blacks and Wallabies

5:15 pm on 19 May 2009

French rugby bosses expect national coach Marc Lievremont and his side to come away with at least one win from their three-Test tour of the New Zealand and Australia next month.

France play two tests against the All Blacks in Dunedin and Wellington and then head to Sydney to play the Wallabies.

Lievremont says he's still battling the French Top 14 championship system as he tries to create a side that will be a contender for the World Cup here in 2011.

However French rugby president Pierre Camou says he expects results and the time for using overseas Tests as experiments is over.

The French side will arrive in New Zealand in two groups as their respective clubs sides drop out of the French domestic competition.