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Reports in France claim Philippe Saint-Andre has been ousted by his players
The squad will apparently coach themselves for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against the All Blacks.

IF REPORTS FROM France are to be believed, head coach Philippe Saint-Andre will have no say in France’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

The French are due to take on the All Blacks at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday night, having been forced to settle for second place in Pool D after a disappointing showing in last weekend’s 24-9 defeat to Ireland.

According to French outlet L’obs Sport, the France players are planning to coach themselves for this weekend’s meeting with the defending world champions.

The report claims that a source close to the squad has said that the players ‘no longer believe in Saint-Andre’, who is ‘not a leader of men’ and ‘lacks charisma’.

France named their team today for Saturday’s meeting with New Zealand and it shows three changes from the side that lost to Ireland.

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Alexandre Dumoulin, Morgan Parra and Bernard LeRoux have been drafted into the starting line-up at the expense of Mathieu Bastareaud, Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Damian Chouly.

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