French rugby team look to bust stereotype
Asics shoes for cheap france will be determined to show coach Philippe SaintAndre against bogey team Argentina in Lille on Saturday that, unlike their predecessors, they can put together two impressive performances in successive Tests.
Their 336 defeat of the Wallabies last Saturday their first over them since 2005 saw the French fulfil the first part of what SaintAndre hopes will be three victories in November and assure themselves of one of the top four seedings for the 2015 World Cup draw asics shoes for cheap in December.
However, SaintAndre acknowledges the Pumas might present the stiffest of their three Tests they round off their campaign against Samoa on November 24 and not just because of their poor record against the South Americans in which the Argentines have won eight of their past 12 encounters.
The Argentines, who are asics gel kayano mens sale a mix of hardened veterans and new blood brought in since last year’s World Cup, produced an impressive performance to defeat Six Nations Grand Slam champions Wales 2612 at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday.
All the more reason why former France captain SaintAndre is looking to this French side to produce an unstereotypical performance in what will be the first rugby Test played at Lille’s flashy new stadium.
“We want to see whether we’re able to win two very, very highlevel matches in succession. It’s an enormous challenge for the staff and the players, said the 45yearold, who was capped 69 times from 199097.
“In French rugby, we are used to producing great performances worth 18 out of 20 and to follow up with an eight out of 20.
“What we are asics shoes for cheap aiming to do now is to be more consistent to put in a good week’s training and not to get carried away. To reproduce the same physicality and the same realism,
SaintAndre, who first made his name as asics shoes for cheap a coach in England with Gloucester where he ended his playing career, is also at pains to keep the pressure off mercurial flyhalf Frederic Michalak, who symbolises the French habit of playing brilliantly one week and then poorly the next.
“Talk about other players asics gel kayano mens sale leave Frederic alone, said SaintAndre, who will again pair Michalak alongside Maxime Machenaud as the halfback partnership.
“He is working hard he is hungry to continue to do so. We are keen to continue with Frederic but also Francois TrinhDuc.
“It is absolutely essential to stop putting so much pressure on those that play at flyhalf.
“There is a French culture which dictates that when one wins, the flyhalf is the best player in the world and, when one loses, it is time to burn his asics gel kayano mens sale effigy.
While SaintAndre made just one change to his starting lineup, with lock Yohann Maestri returning after recovering from a back problem, his Pumas’ counterpart Santiago Phelan made several.
He hands starts to fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, who replaces injured fullback Juan Martin Hernandez, and Biarritz centre Marcelo Bosch comes in for the sidelined veteran Felipe Contepomi asics shoes for cheap.