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Peter Bills

Published 13/02/2010 | 05:00

Marc Lievremont thinks he can see light at the end of the tunnel -- and he swears he isn't peering into the tunnel underneath the English Channel. Lievremont has been assembling, sorting, dropping and selecting French rugby players like some croupier in the casino at Monte Carlo.

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Ever since he replaced Bernard Laporte after the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the former Stade Francais back-row player has been choosing players like an inveterate gambler.

But as Ireland prepare for today's match against Lievremont's latest French team at Stade de France, the French coach believes he is now closer than ever to the squad he might want to take to the World Cup in New Zealand next year. But maybe 'might' remains the operative word.

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