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Pressure grows on Noves after France loses to South Africa

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) France coach Guy Noves was given the tall order of winning three of the four rugby matches this month and has done the opposite.

The 18-17 loss to South Africa on Saturday followed two to New Zealand and heaped the pressure on Noves heading into the last home match against Japan next weekend.

It could prove to be also his last in a tortuous two-year reign that his seen him fail to improve France much since he took charge after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.