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Harinordoquy criticises coach

French forward Imanol Harinordoquy has slammed coach Marc Lievremont for criticising the players in public after the 19-14 defeat to Tonga in the team's final World Cup pool game last weekend.

Lievremont described his "shame" at the display against Tonga, comparing the team to the disgraced French football team which spectacularly melted down at last year's World Cup in South Africa.

"I am not happy because all the media know what he said," Harinordoquy said. "He can say that to us, that is not a problem, but I prefer that those things stay in the (dressing) room."