Rugby World Cup: France captain Dusautoir plays down revolt talk

France captain Thierry Dusautoir
France captain Thierry Dusautoir scored a try against New Zealand in the 2011 final
Rugby World Cup quarter-final: New Zealand v France
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 17 October Kick-off: 20:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

France captain Thierry Dusautoir says the squad is united behind coach Philippe Saint-Andre before Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

The back-row played down rumours of a player rebellion against Saint-Andre after Sunday's 24-9 defeat by Ireland.

"We prepare for this game as a team and all the boys, coaches and manager are working together," Dusautoir, 33, said.

Saint-Andre, 48, has already announced he will step down after the World Cup.

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Toulouse coach Guy Noves, 61, will replace Saint-Andre, who has been in his post since 2011.

"I don't understand what everyone is talking about," Dusautoir continued.

"We are are going to continue to work together - it's a team ready to play New Zealand."

During the 2011 World Cup, then France coach Marc Lievremont admitted to divisions in his squad following a group-stage defeat by Tonga.

Les Bleus went on to make the final, where they were beaten 8-7 by New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland.

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