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Clerc backs Lievremont's squad rotation policy

 The French rugby team's David Marty, left, is stopped by Vincent Clerc during a training session in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, ahe...
 France's rugby team players, Francois Trinh Duc, left, Vincent Clerc, center, and Damien Traille run during a training session for the upcoming Rugby...
 France's rugby team players from right, Maxime Medard, Fabien Barcella , Vincent Clerc  and Julien Pierre look at the ball during a training session ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

The French rugby team's David Marty, left, is stopped by Vincent Clerc during a training session in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, ahe...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team players, Francois Trinh Duc, left, Vincent Clerc, center, and Damien Traille run during a training session for the upcoming Rugby...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team players from right, Maxime Medard, Fabien Barcella , Vincent Clerc and Julien Pierre look at the ball during a training session ...

France winger Vincent Clerc has backed coach Marc Lievremont's squad rotation policy, saying it is essential that everyone gets a game at a long tournament like the World Cup.
Lievremont has developed a reputation for endlessly tinkering with his teams since taking charge four years ago, and is likely to continue doing so in pool matches against Japan, Canada _ and even New Zealand.
Clerc, who will win his 51st cap against Japan on Saturday, says "I think it's good to rotate, it's good for everyone's morale" because "you need a bit of competition within the squad so that everyone feels like they're involved."
Having shaken off a knee injury, Clerc is "hungry to get out on the pitch" against Japan, where he looks to expand on his 30 international tries.


Updated : 2021-05-13 13:48 GMT+08:00