5 Oct 2011

France's Harinordoquy slams coach's public comments

7:12 am on 5 October 2011

The French forward Imanol Harinordoquy is unhappy that coach Marc Lievremont criticised the players in public after the defeat to Tonga in the team's final World Cup pool game last weekend.

Harinordoquy was named as starting number eight for Saturday's quarter-final against England at Eden Park after coming off the bench during the 19-14 defeat to the Pacific islanders.

Lievremont described his "shame" at the display against Tonga, comparing the team to the disgraced French squad which spectacularly melted down at last year's soccer World Cup.

Earlier this year Lievremont told the media his players were guilty of cowardice after the French lost to Italy in the Six Nations and there have been a rash of reports about divisions in the French camp at the World Cup.

Harinordoquy says the comments should have stayed behind closed doors between the coach and players.