Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saint-Andre's Free French Still a Threat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saint-Andre's Free French Still a Threat

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France IT IS harsh to describe France coach Philippe Saint-Andre as a "dead man walking" but he goes into the tournament knowing his successor is already in place. Guy Noves will coach France in next year's Six Nations, no matter how they perform here.

Of course, freed from the worry of what his bosses will say if France mess up, the former championshipwinning Sale coach could adopt a laissez-faire attitude and just go with his gut instinct rather than his head. In truth, it would be hard to tell if he did adopt this strategy as the former France wing's selections have baffled most during his near four-year reign.

France come into the tournament with the record of having made three World Cup finals without lifting the trophy. An impressive win over England in Paris in the build-up reminded everyone that France, when they get their selection right, can be a real force.

To pull the tactical strings, Saint-Andre ignored Francois Trinh-Duc and opted instead for France's record points holder Frederic Michalak and Remi Tales as back-up. …

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