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Philippe Saint-Andre says England clash is France's grand slam

Last Updated: 18/02/13 11:07am

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Philippe Saint-Andre: Under pressure after France's poor start

Philippe Saint-Andre: Under pressure after France's poor start

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France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has promised to unleash an attacking French side at Twickenham next weekend for what he described as their grand slam match against England.

The pre-tournament favourites have been bitterly disappointing in the championship so far, suffering defeats to Italy and Wales and falling far short of the high standards set last autumn in victory over Australia.

In contrast England have won their opening two Six Nations matches against Scotland and Ireland and are on course to challenge for a Grand Slam.

"The England game can be our Grand Slam," said Saint-Andre. "The English are euphoric at the moment. Everyone is favouring them for the Grand Slam and us for the wooden spoon.

"We have to go there full of enthusiasm, confidence and daring.

"We are going there totally unrestrained. What a wonderful challenge to be going to Twickenham. I am really eager to be proud of a team that is going to go there and give 120%."

France are bottom of the Six Nations table and could be facing their first wooden spoon since 1957.

Saint-Andre, who has blamed a hectic club schedule for the fatigue of his players in contrast to the ones that won three successive games in November, hopes a week's rest would have freshened up his players.

"We have players who are going to be fresh physically, therefore we are going to have good training sessions.

"It is important that the group lives well together, and from that the team gives their all on the pitch."

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