France gamers should “kick the coaches out” if they’re to have any likelihood of profitable the Rugby World Cup, in line with the Toulon president, Mourad Boudjellal, as one other World Cup threatened to descend into chaos for Les Bleus.
Boudjellal’s name to take motion got here amid experiences in French media that the captain, Guilhem Guirado, has fallen out with the coach, Jacques Brunel, forward of Saturday’s match in opposition to Pool C leaders England which had displeased the gamers.
“You’re there in your profession and in your nation. You’re there for French rugby and to attempt to go so far as attainable, to see when you can win this World Cup – however we’ll solely get there when you take management,” Boudjellal mentioned.
“Japan is an impressive nation to go to. Our coaches who’re there, I invite you to … deal with your self and depart the gamers to inform their very own tales as a result of for years I’ve not understood the sport plan of this France crew,” he mentioned.
“One thing goes improper, so it’s over to you guys [the players] … there are guys on this group who can be main coaches sooner or later … kick the coaches out, take management, as a result of we’re able to observe you.“
French gamers appeared in nearly insurrection in opposition to the then coach Marc Lièvremont throughout a turbulent 2011 World Cup marketing campaign, one which noticed the crew attain the ultimate and lose eight–7 to the All Blacks. Brunel’s facet have crushed Argentina, the USA and Tonga up to now and Saturday’s recreation in opposition to unbeaten England will decide who tops the pool heading into the quarter-finals.
There was no signal of any disquiet in opposition to the teaching group throughout France’s media session on Tuesday however there was loads of assist for Guirado. “The captain is Guidrado,” L’Equipe reported Gregory Alldritt as saying. Gaël Fickou added: “There isn’t a debate on the captain. Guilhem Guirado is our captain. His affect doesn’t change. He all the time speaks. However it’s not he who dictates technique for instance. However for the remainder, it’s clear, he’s the captain. We’re all behind him.”
Maxime Médard took a wider view of Guirado’s place as captain among the many squad. “For us, it’s Guilhem who’s the captain. And when he’s not on the pitch, it’s Jeff [Poirot] or Louis [Picamoles]. There aren’t any discussions in our group round this.”