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Saint-Andre's sorry record

John GriffithsJuly 17, 2014
Philippe Saint-Andre's record with France does not stack up well compared to his predecessors' © Getty Images
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How does Philippe Saint-Andre's coaching record with France compare with his recent predecessors'? J-PO, France

Not very well is the simple answer. The current French coach succeeded Marc Lièvremont after the 2011 RWC tournament in New Zealand and has now overseen 29 Tests. His current record reads: won 11; drawn two; lost 16 - a success-rate of 41% (on the basis of two points for a win, one for a draw and none for a defeat).

His four predecessors had success records around the 60% mark. Each left his post after RWC tournaments. (The 1995 event in South Africa was a mid-year tournament. All subsequent competitions were staged late in their calendar years.)

The France coaches
Coach Period Played Won Drawn Lost Success Rate
Pierre Berbizier 1992-1995 39 26 1 12 68%
Jean-Claude Skrela* 1995-1999 52 34 0 18 65%
Bernard Laporte 2000-07 98 62 2 34 64%
Marc Lièvremont 2008-11 45 27 0 18 60%
Philippe Saint-André 2012- 29 11 2 16 41%

* Skrela shared duties with Pierre Villepreux

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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