Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Francois Trinh-Duc has been dropped to the substitutes bench for France's game with New Zealand.
Francois Trinh-Duc has been dropped to the substitutes bench for France's game with New Zealand.

Trinh-Duc dropped by Lievremont for All Blacks encounter

Morgan Parra will start at fly-half for France for Saturday's game with New Zealand.

Francois Trinh-Duc has been told to raise his game by Marc Lievremont, the French coach, after he dropped the fly-half to the bench for Saturday's Rugby World Cup encounter with New Zealand.

Morgan Parra will switch from scrum-half to fly-half instead of Trinh-Duc at Eden Park in Auckland, even though he has never started a match for France in the No 10 role.

"I'm waiting for Francois to show me he is a competitor, that he's better than he's shown in the last two games. It's also a kind of test for him," Lievremont said.

"How will Francois take this? I'm waiting to see that as well."

Trinh-Duc is likely to come on at some stage against the All Blacks, and Lievremont wants the player to prove him wrong.

"I'm expecting more from him," Lievremont said. "He has trouble accepting when he's underperformed, which is a necessary thing to be a champion."

"I thought about this long into the night, especially the decision about the half-backs, which wasn't an easy one.

"Francois Trinh-Duc is paying the price a bit for the last two games, and Morgan has done very well when he's played."

Parra has not played fly-half at club level for three years, and has made two just fleeting appearances for France in the outside half-back position.

"Even though he's not the biggest of lads, he's very courageous and I trust the back row will protect him," Lievremont said.

With Jean-Marc Doussain, the utility back, having arrived late on Monday, and expected to feature against Tonga in the final Pool A game, Lievremont has clearly issued Trinh-Duc a challenge.

"There will be competition for places, perhaps there hasn't been enough of that," Lievremont said.

Trinh-Duc said: "I am the only one to blame for my performances."

Lievremont made several changes from the side that beat Canada 46-19 on Sunday, with Thierry Dusautoir, the flanker, returning as captain, Dimitri Szarzewski, the hooker, playing his first match of the tournament, and Dimitri Yachvili coming in at scrum-half.

The winner of Saturday's game will almost certainly top Pool A, and Lievremont wants his side to stay calm.

"[We should] approach it with a lot of pleasure and a lot of passion, without pressure, just with the pride of honouring our colours," he said.

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Manager Matt Williams benching star Bryce Harper, above, may have sent the wrong message to the rest of the Washington Nationals. Mike Ehrmann / AFP

Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.

 Players such as George Springer are a sign that things are starting to swing in the Houston Astros' favour. But more help is needed. Scott Halleran / AFP

Houston Astros are still earth-bound but help is on the way

As harbingers of a new era go, the Houston Astros could have done worse than misspelling their new phenom’s name on his major-league debut.

 Luis Suarez became the first Liverpool player to score 30 Premier League goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1987. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Sterling and Suarez inpire Liverpool to win over Norwich City

The win takes the Premier League table-toppers to 80 points from 35 games.

 Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal during the Premier League match against Hull City at The KC Stadium in Hull, England, on April 20, 2014. Lynne Cameron / AP Photo

Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull

Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Stanislas Wawrinka turned away fellow Swiss Roger Federer with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2014. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National