New France Coach Guy Noves Determined To Make Les Bleus ‘Spectacular’ Again


New France coach Guy Noves has vowed to bring back the excitement following the national team’s World Cup debacle under predecessor Philippe Saint-Andre.

France were often accused of being dull during Saint-Andre’s tepid and fruitless four years in charge of Les Bleus, which culminated in a World Cup humiliation at the hands of eventual champions New Zealand.

Four years on from making the mighty All Blacks tremble on home turf in a 8-7 World Cup final defeat in Auckland, France were put to the sword in spectacular fashion in this year’s quarter-finals in Cardiff, suffering a chastening 62-13 defeat.

France were mostly uninspired as well as unsuccessful under Saint-Andre but Noves says he’s going to bring back the flair-filled rugby for which the French have always been famed.

“My first mission is to try to implement a rugby for the future, one which brings fans to the stadium: spectacular rugby,” said the veteran former Toulouse coach.

“I want us to try to use the whole pitch, all its width, and hence go towards a rugby based on movement which is inspired by that which made Argentine rugby successful, which, for me, is a true example.

“There’s no point talking about New Zealand because they’re too far ahead.”

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