Mourad Boudjellal Wants France To Do The Most French Thing Ever At The World Cup
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Vive la révolution.
France are already through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after winning their first three pool games – but so far they haven’t exactly impressed.
There were glimpses of brilliance against Argentina and they were moments in the win over USA but they only scraped past Tonga in the end and are massive underdogs going into their final pool match with England.
And on top of that – apparently captain Guilhem Guirado, who was on the bench against Tonga, isn’t exactly getting on with head coach Jacques Brunel, resulting in some trouble behind the scenes.
So what do France do? Well, outspoken Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal wants them to do the most French take ever – he wants the players to revolt and take charge of the team, just like they did when they reached the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.
“You’re there for your career and for your country,” Boudjellal told French media.
“You’re there for French rugby and to try to go as far as possible, to see if you can win this World Cup – but we will only get there if you take control.
“Our coaches who are there, I invite you to treat yourself and leave the players to tell their own stories because for years I’ve not understood the game plan of this France team.
“Something is going wrong, so it’s over to you guys. There are guys in this group who will be major coaches in the future. Kick the coaches out, take control, because we are ready to follow you.”