Past results 'mean nothing'

Lievremont urges his players not to let up

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Past results 'mean nothing'

Lievremont: Urged no let-up

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France coach Marc Lievremont has warned his side not to rest on their laurels as they prepare to face Wales in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

The French put a shambolic defeat to Tonga behind them by beating England last weekend with their best display of the tournament and now Lievremont wants them to build on that performance.

Les Bleus also go into Saturday's showdown knowing they have beaten Wales in each of their last three encounters, including a comfortable victory in this year's Six Nations.

But Lievremont, who was a player when France lost in the 1999 final a week after shocking New Zealand in the semis, says that means nothing.

"In the last three years we have managed to beat Wales, but if we start looking at it from that angle, it's a recipe for disaster," Lievremont said.

"The risk in rugby is always that you can rest on our laurels.

Big deal

"(In 1999) we kept looking back to our victory in the semi-final and struggled to focus ahead of us on the final.

"Australia were programmed to win that final and they made us pay a heavy price.

"We mustn't rest on our laurels. Getting to the semi-final is a very big deal and I'm very happy with the performance of my players.

"As you may have noticed after the last match, there was no extreme euphoria, the players began straight away focusing on the rest of the tournament.

"What we need now is to keep concentrated, to remain aggressive. Obviously we have to play a lot better."

Lievremont has named an unchanged team, one which is the most experienced French side since their semi-final defeat to England in Paris four years ago. The XV boast a total of 687 caps between them.