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Trinh-Duc wants France to start winning ugly

 FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2008 file photo France's Francois Trinh-Duc, center, is tackled by England's Michael Lipman , left, and Nick Easter during th...
 France's rugby team players look at Dimitri Yachvili, center, during a training session for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, in Auckland,  New Zealand, ...
 France's rugby team players Francois Trinh Duc, center, Dimitri Yachvili, top and Morgan Parra challenge for the ball during a training session for t...
 France's rugby team player Dimitri Yachvili, right, passes the ball as Morgan Parra tries to catch it during a training session for the upcoming Rugb...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Players to Watch

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2008 file photo France's Francois Trinh-Duc, center, is tackled by England's Michael Lipman , left, and Nick Easter during th...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team players look at Dimitri Yachvili, center, during a training session for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, in Auckland, New Zealand, ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team players Francois Trinh Duc, center, Dimitri Yachvili, top and Morgan Parra challenge for the ball during a training session for t...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team player Dimitri Yachvili, right, passes the ball as Morgan Parra tries to catch it during a training session for the upcoming Rugb...

'Winning ugly' is an alien concept in French rugby, but flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc is happy for the French to shed a little of their trademark flair if it leads to World Cup glory.
Despite holding the keys for the French passing game, which promises to be slick against Japan on Saturday with three Toulouse players in the backs, Trinh-Duc wants some pragmatism to go with the panache.
He says pragmatism "has notably been the strength of teams that have won the last World Cups, England and South Africa" and that "you have to get the points before you start showing lovely combinations."
Two-time runner-up France lost to New Zealand in the 1987 final and to Australia in '99. Both times its trademark running game was stifled and there was no backup plan.


Updated : 2021-04-22 22:24 GMT+08:00