Dusautoir denies revolt in French camp

Date published: October 16 2015

France skipper Thierry Dusautoir has denied claims that there's a revolt taking place in les Bleus' camp ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Cardiff.

According to the L'obs Sport newspaper, a "discreet" rebellion against coach Philippe Saint-Andre had taken place and it was even suggested that some players were responsible for picking the team, for the showdown with the All Blacks, and that Dusautoir was coaching the side this week.

But the 33-year-old rejected the allegations.

"I don't understand what everyone is talking about," said Dusautoir. 

"We prepare for this game as a team and all the boys, coaches and manager are working together." 

During the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, France's players expressed their unhappiness with then coach Marc Lièvremont after the team suffered a shock defeat to Tonga during that tournament's group stages.

France recovered to make the final, where they lost to the All Blacks, and Dusautoir said les Bleus are ready to take on the world champions at the Millennium Stadium.

"We are are going to continue to work together," he added. 

"It's a team ready to play New Zealand." 

Dusautoir was in France's team which claimed a shock 20-18 victory over tournament favourites New Zealand in the 2007 World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff and also scored his team's only try in their 8-7 loss to the All Blacks in the 2011 final. 

He feels, however, that those results will have no bearing on Saturday's encounter.

"2007 was special because we won against the All Blacks and not many teams have done that," explained Dusautoir. 

"I think French people really liked this moment. 

"We had a great moment eight years ago, another one four years ago in reaching the final. 

"Maybe, I'm going to a have third special memory to think about. 

"But If we lose the game against New Zealand we are out of the tournament, and what we are going to do tomorrow is the most important. 

"Building a future is more important than what has happened in the past. 

"We are thinking of moving onto the next stage, but you know when you are playing New Zealand you are against one of the best teams in the world. 

"It is always a big challenge to play New Zealand but we have prepared ourselves for it."