Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Gloriously bonkers

Good old Marc Lièvremont.

The staid pragmatism of the Bernard Laporte era has well and truly been exiled to the barren wastelands of conservatism as, both in terms of selection and tactics, Lièvremont has returned France to the good old, mad old days.

Not only did his first international team selection to play Scotland at Murrayfield contain four players making their debuts (including both props and the fly half); not only did his team then try to run the ball from some clearly insane field positions against the home team; and not only did they get way with it spectactularly with a 27-6 victory - Lièvremont has now taken it upon himself to make 6 changes to that winning team, including replacing Vincent Clerc on the wing, despite the Toulouse man bagging a brace of tries and the Man of the Match award at the weekend.

My only gripe is that Clerc, along with hooker William Servat (also dropped to the bench) currently features in my Fantasy Six Nations XV which will now require urgent surgery before hostilities recommence this weekend.

That aside, Lièvremont's approach to his job is just so gloriously bonkers that it just might work, and what it does demonstrate is a boldness and a bravery to try things, to take risks, to look beyond the short term.

Brian Ashton, please take note.


Anonymous said...

I thought Clerc played a helluva game. You wonder if Lievremont is kind of a big picture coach and wants to develop multiple players with 2011 in mind. For all of France's success in the 5 0r 6 Nations, this is one of the great rugby nations that has never won the RWC.(At least the All Blacks won the first one in '87) I thought it was interesting with all of the new faces against Scotland. ( I think there were more players from Montpellier on the squad than Stade Francais players...can't think if that has EVER happened on a french squad)

Nursedude said...

My bad, should have signed in on the above-I don't believe in anonymous entries.