(Swansea) Thierry Henri, coach of the defeated SouthSeas XV, has admitted in a post match interview that he may have underestimated the fighting spirit of the French rugby team.
"I'm a great admirer of George W Bush," said the clearly disorientated Henri. "But, I may have taken too literally his opinion that the French are cheese eating surrender monkeys. I'm part French myself so this is unforgivable but I'm not going to resign as we have the semi-final against England coming up next weekend."
When challenged on this point, Henri claimed: "Of course we're playing England in the semi-final, we're the South Seas XV! Of course we'd have preferred to play the bloody Okkers, but that's rugby. The Boys will get over this set back and indeed We're already focusing on the next game."
Henri then denied that his squad is mostly composed of mercenaries from various archipelagos of the south Pacific: "Every one of these boys is proud to pull on the famous grey jersey, their commitment is total. So what if there isn't a full blooded Maori in the squad? Anyway I've never forgiven THEM for driving the Moa bird into extinction!"