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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