Thierry Dusautoir insists France have everything to gain when facing Ireland in Dublin
Last Updated: 09/03/13 4:40pm
Dusautoir: Dublin trip always difficult
Thierry Dusautoir insists France have everything to gain when they face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday evening.
If Les Bleus fail to master the hosts at the Aviva Stadium their winless run in the championship will extend to seven matches, an event last seen in 1927.
It has been a dismal Six Nations for the pre-tournament favourites, who are seeking to avoid a first whitewash since 1957 and first wooden spoon since 1999.
"In sport anything can happen. That's what makes it interesting and why fans pay to buy a ticket," Dusautoir said.
"You never know who is going to win. I'm not thinking about losing, if it happens, it happens. Maybe at 7pm we talk about our record."
France's tournament record against Ireland though is strong and they have lost the fixture just once in 13 meetings dating back to 2003.
Dusautoir, however, believes the statistic is rendered irrelevant by his team's performance so far in this Six Nations.
"Most important for us is what we've done in this Six Nations. We lost our three first games. The guys don't care about what happened in the last 10 years," the Toulouse openside said.
"All that matters is what's happened in this tournament and what we are going to do (Saturday). We are starting over and I hope we are able to win.
"It's always very difficult to win in Dublin, so we need to play fantastic rugby.
"The spirit of the camp is determination to win a match. We don't listen to outside comment because we have enough motivation. We're working on our game and refining our play.
"We're not thinking about the wooden spoon. We want to come off the pitch with a smile on our faces having at last got a victory."