French worried by injuries
November 2, 1999

Three of France's heroes from last Sunday are battling to be fit for Saturday's final showdown with Australia.
Fullback Xavier Garbajosa, flanker Marc Lievremont and number eight Christophe Juillet all suffered injuries during Saturday's epic semi-final against New Zealand and the trio will all undergo intense treatment in the next few days.
Garbajosa has a problem with his right ankle, Lievremont is nursing a thigh strain and stomach pull and Juillet has a knee strain.
"Progress with Xavier has been good and he will have another examination this evening," said French team doctor Thierry Hermerel on Tuesday.
"Marc Lievremont's situation is looking favourable for him as well. He has had some x-rays, the results of which were reassuring, and we will continue to monitor his fitness.
"Regarding Christophe, he is getting better all the time and we are very optimistic about his chances for the final."
Coaches Jean-Claude Skrela and Pierre Villepreux are determined to keep their players firmly focused on the job in hand despite massive media interest.
"This week I think we should be protecting the players. We only have a short time to prepare for the final and we want to do that in the best conditions possible," said Skrela.
Villepreux added: "We are very proud to be there in the final and hopefully we can play like we did against the All Blacks. Above all we hope that rugby is the winner on Saturday."

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