Catalans Dragons boss Laurent Frayssinous offers assistance to new France coach Richard Agar

Last Updated: 28/02/13 9:32am

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Richard Agar: Surprise appointment as France coach

Richard Agar: Surprise appointment as France coach

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Catalans Dragons boss Laurent Frayssinous has backed the appointment of Richard Agar as new France coach last week.

Wildcats coach Agar takes his club side to Perpignan on Saturday, although he will be just as focused on the opposition as his own players as he prepares for the 2014 World Cup.

Agar expects the Dragons to provide the majority of his international squad, but he insists his main priority will be on leading Wakefield to victory

"We've had to put the 40-man squad together this week for France to announce at the weekend and it's fair to say most of the guys playing for Catalan at the weekend will be in the squad," he said.

"It's been good to have a close look at them but at the same time my focus has very much been about how much we're going to put in a performance against them this week."

Good guy

Frayssinous had been one of the front-runners for the French job, but he believes Agar was a solid choice to replace Bobbie Goulding.

"It's a good appointment," Frayssinous said. "I have been lucky enough to share ideas with him and he's a very good guy.

"The French national team needed a Super League coach, someone at that level, and Richard ticks all the boxes.

"I talked to him last weekend for an hour and I will help him as much as I can. We've got the same interest in wanting the France national team to perform at the World Cup.

"I think the boys at the back of their minds will want to impress Richard. They all want to be candidates."

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