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Peter Bills: Jekyll and hyde boss has french on road to hell

Peter Bills

Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00

France thought they had a coach who could never be sacked, certainly not this side of the World Cup. Now, a defeat in Paris against Wales on Saturday could see Marc Lievremont carted off to the guillotine.

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Meanwhile, Italy thought they had a coach who had already been sacked. But the triumph of Nick Mallett's side over France last weekend, albeit by a single point, has given Italian Rugby President Carlo Dondi a problem.

Some reports insist Dondi already has a contract signed by Perpignan coach Jacques Brunel to become the next Italian coach once the World Cup is over. The problem is, the Italian players have made it clear they want Mallett to stay.

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