Saturday March 16, 2013
French look to avoid repeat of 1999 debacle
PARIS: France will bid to erase a woeful Six Nations campaign by beating Scotland at the Stade de France today and hope other results go their way so they avoid their first wooden spoon since 1999.
Ironically they landed the unwanted title thanks to a home defeat by the Scots, which was the last time they won in Paris.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has told his players they have to win because they owe the French fans a big performance.
“I have told the players they must battle for 80 minutes and take the game by the scruff of the neck,” said the 45-year-old.
“I want them to deliver pleasure to the public, to the Stade de France and to French rugby. I want them to finish on a high note in what has been for us a very, very bad Six Nations.”
Saint-Andre side are on a seven-match winless run in the Six Nations - the worst in almost 90 years.
“We will make some changes because a lot of rain is forecast for Saturday and we wanted to add more power to the scrum,” he said. — AFP