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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 14:26 GMT
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Romania's 37-7 World Cup win over Namibia may have won coach Bernard Charreyre a stay of execution.

The Romanian Rugby Federation (FRR) had previously stated that the Frenchman's contract would be terminated next week.

But following the five-try victory in Tasmania, FFR chief George Straton suggested that the decision to stay or go would be left to Charreyre.

"He is a very good friend of Romanian rugby and what happens next he must decide," Stratton said.

"In the past two years Bernard Charreyre has brought us back to an international level of play.

"He did a very good job with few players of an international level and very few financial resources. He did a very, very good job."

If it turns out that the 'vote of confidence' is nothing more than a final nail in the coffin of his Romanian coaching career, Charreyre will leave the post a satisfied man.

His team dominated the match in the first-half and had effectively won the game by the break when they turned around with a 32-0 lead.

It was the fourth time in five World Cups that Romania had managed a single victory having also beaten Zimbabwe (1987), Fiji (1991) and the United States (1999).

"I am very happy for the players. We finished the World Cup in 14th place and scored five tries," Charreyre said.

"The players have worked very hard and they deserve this win. It is a team that needs encouragement and it can continue to improve.

"This young team has everything it needs to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2007 World Cup."





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