France coach wants All Black scalp to add to his Springbok win
THE WINS over world champions South Africa and Samoa have sharpened the ambitions of France coach Marc Lievremont, who is now eyeing a victory over New Zealand on Saturday in Marseille.
“To win that game would really be splendid, huge,” he told journalists on Thursday at the France training camp in Marcoussis.
“To end this tour unbeaten after defeating twice the number one team in the world, South Africa first and then New Zealand who had just recovered top spot, would be an exceptional feat for our young team. I think we can do it.”
The French coach, however, acknowledged the task would be difficult because the All Blacks were also approaching the game as “the summit of their European tour”.
“This Test is their last game of the season. They are unbeaten so far in their tour but they know that this is the game that will count to assess their performance,” he said.
“It’s also our last meeting before we face each other in the group phase of the 2011 World Cup and they will be out for revenge after we defeated them in Dunedin, last June.
“They have seen what we did to the Springboks but I hope we will be able to compete with them.” – Reuters