Prev Game: International Match Sat 21st Jun

prev game - France
team 1 score team 2
Australia 39 - 13 France

Next Game: International Match Sat 8th Nov

next game - France
team 1 score team 2
France 16:45 Fiji

Six Nations: Philippe Saint-Andre prepared to take some flak

Last Updated: 10/02/13 2:21pm

  • Share:
Philippe Saint-Andre: Refuses to blame domestic schedule for France's poor Six Nations

Philippe Saint-Andre: Refuses to blame domestic schedule for France's poor Six Nations

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre says that a busy domestic schedule is no excuse for Les Bleus' poor start to their Six Nations campaign.

France were beaten 16-6 by Wales in Paris on Saturday after having suffered a shock 23-18 defeat in Italy on the opening weekend, meaning they have lost their first two fixtures in the competition for the first time 1982.

Many of Saint-Andre's players have been involved in busy calendar of Top 14 fixtures but the national coach is refusing to blame this for his side's lethargic performances.

"There should be no excuses," he said. "We are in a magical (Six Nations) competition. It is what you dream about being involved in as a player, and it is why I wanted to play rugby.

"The simple fact is that the Welsh were more reactive, more aggressive and they outnumbered us two to one when it came to tackling our player with the ball.

"They stopped us from liberating the ball, something we were very good at doing back in November (when France won all three Tests, including against Australia and Argentina).

"The calendar is due to be discussed in June by the league, the (French) federation and the players, and I hope everybody shoulders their responsibilities."

Saint-Andre must now lift his squad to face away games at England and then Ireland.

"We can't win the title, but we can win respect," he added. "It is a difficult time we are going through at the moment, but we have to work harder and lift ourselves. We will have to perform a smash and grab raid at Twickenham in a fortnight."

  • Share:


RBS Six Nations 2013 Week 2

Brian O'Driscoll: England game a blur

O'Driscoll: England game blur

Brian O'Driscoll admits his mind was not on rugby during Ireland's Six Nations defeat to England in Dublin.

Danny Care during England training

England release bench eight

The eight players who warmed England's bench in Dublin on Sunday will all be available for club duty this weekend.

Cian Healy: Has been cited for an alleged stamp on England prop Dan Cole

Healy cited for Cole 'stamp'

Ireland prop Cian Healy has been cited for allegedly stamping on England's Dan Cole during Sunday's Six Nations clash.

Most Popular


English Rose

English Rose

The values of English rugby were underlined on Monday as they launched their new kit in association with Canterbury.

Hard Yarde

Hard Yarde

Marland Yarde gives Sky Sports the inside track on England's second Test defeat to the All Blacks.

High Stakes

High Stakes

Ahead of England's tour to New Zealand, Joe Launchbury speaks to Sky Sports.