Following the 6 nations defeat to Italy many doubts arose to the ability of Marc Lievremont to lead the French team to a successful World Cup Campaign!
Then after naming his World Cup with 5 long term injuries and forgetting some key players people started questioning his ability once again. Then to add even more problems to his already existing ones Marc Lievremont has to deal with the Bayonne winger (Yoann Huget) failing to show up to a drug test and then deciding to go back home of his own will not to disturb the preparation. What a sad moment for Yoann!
Now to the serious stuff… the pitch, France had their first preparation game against Ireland in Bordeaux. They played a very good first half with punch, speed and energy as well as having their kicker slot all his attempts at goal. The Irish were poor, unable to line up enough passes and phases to create any dangerous situations and score any tries.
France brought in a new and exciting player in the name of Mikael Lakafia a 22 year old from Biarritz. He showed great skills and power and might be a revelation for France at number 8. Yachvili and Trinh-Duc were paired for the 3rd time at half backs which might indicate that Marc Lievremont sees them as his half pair?
The game also confirmed France’s good scrum and line-out during the game which is something that has to work if they want to perform during the world cup. Now the next challenge is to improve on the bordeaux game in Ireland and hopefully have all their front row available as this hasn’t been the case with the injuries of Servat, Domingo and Barcella. Let’s see what that game will bring us!