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Lievremont: Wales tougher challenge than England

Lievremont: Wales tougher challenge than England
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France coach Marc Lievremont warns of a tough challenge in the World Cup semi-final against Wales.

France coach Marc Lievremont has said that the upcoming game with Wales will be harder than the clash with England.

Les Bleus progressed to the semi-final of the World Cup after defeating Martin Johnson's side 19-12 in the quarter on Saturday.

"I've seen all the Welsh games and they are in great form," Lievremont told reporters yesterday. "They play great rugby - more complete than England - and the way they controlled Ireland was impressive."

France had enjoyed a largely uneventful campaign until the quarter-final, but Lievremont said his side had "grown some backbone" against England.

"History has shown that, after a tough win where anger and pride were shown, there has been a failure afterwards," he added. "I hope we manage to do it this time, though."

France face off against Wales on Saturday at Eden Park.

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