1 Nov 2011

French player confirms their World Cup coach was "lost"

6:44 am on 1 November 2011

The French forward Imanol Harinordoquy has confirmed that the players took their Rugby World Cup campaign into their own hands as their coach Marc Lievremont was "lost".

Harinordoquy has told the a local rugby magazine they had to free themselves from Leivremont's supervision after their shock loss to Tonga, after which they beat England and Wales to qualify for the final.

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.

Meanwhle Harinordoquy claimed the South African Craig Joubert's refereeing played a major part in France's defeat in the final, as he focussed his attention on the them, and allowed the All Blacks captain Richie McCaw to play the whole match in the French camp.