Jacques Brunel suspects Wales' match-winning try in their World Cup quarter-final win over France should not have been awarded.

Wales came from behind to beat 14-man France in Oita on Sunday, their cause aided significantly by a 49th-minute red card shown to Sebastien Vahaamahina, who swung his elbow into the head of Aaron Wainwright.

Warren Gatland's men struggled to take full advantage of the dismissal, but found the winning try in the 74th minute as Ross Moriarty went over after Tomos Williams stole the ball from Charles Ollivon close to the France line.

The TMO awarded the try despite the suggestion the ball went forward after it was taken away from Ollivon, a decision Brunel was far from happy with.

"The red card, I don't contest it. When you see the images, it’s very clear. He had a reflex," Brunel told a media conference.

"Of course he feels bad, he's not happy with what he's done.

"We cannot deny it. I don't have any problem with the decision. There are other decisions I don't agree with.

"I would like to see the last try again because I think there is a player who grabbed the ball and then it went forward.

"So I'd like to see that decision again and I'm a little disappointed."

Asked about his team's response to the red card, Brunel added: "We weren't really disorganised but we should have reacted differently.

"We didn't show enough character because we had opportunities to stretch the lead.

"So that's why I'm saying the outcome of the match is difficult to accept."

 

Captain Guilhem Guirado has been recalled to the starting XV for France's Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Wales, despite rumours of a bust-up with coach Jacques Brunel.

Hooker Guirado did not play in France's final two pool-stage games amid reports he had fallen out with Brunel, who it was claimed wanted to remove the captain from his position.

However, with Les Bleus players believed to have given their backing to Guirado, the skipper has been named in the line-up ahead of Camille Chat, who is back on the bench after starting against the United States and Tonga.

Brunel has also been boosted by scrum-half Antoine Dupont and wing Damian Penaud being declared fit.

Dupont had not started since France's opening World Cup match against Argentina due to a back problem, but will feature alongside Toulouse team-mate Romain Ntamack in the half-back pairing.

Penaud, who had complained of a stomach strain earlier in the week, will play on the right wing, with Yoann Huget preferred to Alivereti Raka on the other flank.

In total, 14 of the 15 players who started France's match against Argentina are retained, with Bernard Le Roux replacing Arthur Iturria in the only change from that team.

 

France team: Maxime Medard, Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Bernard Le Roux, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Cyril Baille, Emerick Setiano, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin, Camille Lopez, Vincent Rattez.

France coach Jacques Brunel admits he still has decisions to make on his Rugby World Cup squad as the final announcement looms on Monday.

Brunel initially named a young group of 31 plus six reserves on June 18, more than three months before the start of the tournament in Japan, leaving out Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra entirely.

But having since worked with the extended squad of 37 and made various changes for injuries, while beating Scotland at home and losing away in back-to-back warm-up matches, Brunel is still pondering his options.

Les Bleus host Italy on Friday in their final match before heading to Japan, where they begin their campaign with a tricky test against Argentina on September 21.

Brunel said on Wednesday: "I do not have the 31 for the World Cup yet. We will see this weekend what will happen.

"There are still players who are very close to each other. There are uncertainties. I also hope we will not have any injuries after the match against Italy. I will take everything into account."

The coach revealed his main issue will be selecting players for the back row, with Charles Ollivon and Francois Cros - two reserves - both impressing.

"This is obviously the thorniest area. We have seven players for five places," Brunel said. "This is where it's going to be the most complicated.

"There will be painful choices to make, difficult, like every World Cup. This is a very special moment, we will have to do it, we will see according to what will happen during this last match.

"I do not have a fixed idea. [Louis] Picamoles plays big, like [Wenceslas] Lauret and [Yacouba] Camara. There is competition to start.

"There were two substitute players, namely Ollivon and Cros, who they showed that they wanted to compete for a place in the World Cup. It is up to the three starters against Italy to show that they have a role to play."

Paul Gabrillagues looks as though he will make the squad after World Rugby reduced his ban for an incident against Scotland from six to three matches following appeal.

"Paul has the opportunity to be on the list for the World Cup," Brunel said. "Yes, he will not be able to play the first match against Argentina.

"It is a handicap, but it is not insurmountable. The six-week sanction ruled him out entirely."

 

France XV to face Italy: Maxime Medard, Yoann Huget, Sofiane Guitoune, Wesley Fofana, Gael Fickou, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Jefferson Poirot (captain), Camille Chat, Rabah Slimani, Arthur Iturria, Romain Taofifenua, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Louis Picamoles.

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado, Cyril Baille, Emerick Setiano, Felix Lambey, Francois Cros, Baptiste Serin, Virimi Vakatawa, Thomas Ramos.

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