Former French coach Lievremont: France are playing “safe”

Former French coach Marc Lievremont claims France are playing safe rugby and are not taking the necessary risks.

"It is without nuance and there is not much else,” he told Le Figaro.

“It is safe rugby without the risk-taking that has long been our strength. They use more of their shoulders to crash into the defence rather than using their wrists to make passes.”

Lievremont went on to say if France go on to win the World Cup, it will not be good for the sport.

"But it is too late to change now. If they win the World Cup of course there will be delight, but it will not necessarily be good news for rugby."

He also claimed the New Zealand team are playing better than ever.

"We say this every time but it is truer than ever now. In terms of experience and personnel, they have 10 players who are world-class.

"They have individual speed and collective fluidity. They possess all the skills to retain their title. I think the rugby they are playing is more attractive and complete than it was in 2011," he said.

However, France have beaten the All Blacks twice in the World Cup and Lievremont claimed another upset is not impossible.

"If you play them 10 times you might lose nine. But France have beaten them twice, so why not a third?”

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