24 Oct 2011

Proud Lievremont signs off as France coach

5:51 pm on 24 October 2011

The France rugby coach Marc Lievremont has signed off from his role with one final jibe at the media after a tempestuous battle throughout the World Cup.

Lievremont's side lost the final to New Zealand 8-7 on Sunday, ending the hosts' 24-year drought between victorious World Cup campaigns but also prolonging the French side's agony.

It was their third final and third loss.

The former France international, who is being replaced by Philippe Saint-Andre as national coach, sparred with his country's media throughout the tournament, particularly after a series of performances that prompted heavy criticism.

Lievremont told reporters at a media conference in Auckland that he didn't want "you guys to miss me very much"

Lievremont says his French side made it to the final and made the All Blacks tremble and the performance was beautiful.