Bastareaud respect PSA’s harsh truths

Date published: March 11 2015

France centre Mathieu Bastareaud is characteristically bullish about the next move for the national side this weekend in Rome.

Les Bleus have suffered back-to-back defeats to Ireland and Wales, drawing the wrath of the fans, national media and also their coach.

Philippe Saint-André's rant on the Sunday after losing to Wales sent a clear message to his players.

"I only want players who are ready to go to the end of the world. If anyone thinks that international rugby is too difficult, then they have my telephone number."

Bastareaud's attitude is that France cannot mope about and need to crack on if they are to improve.

"It's no good to put your head underwater and sulk. The results are not there, but you have to look forward," Bastareaud told Rugbyrama.

"Dwelling on it and being disappointed isn't what will make a difference."

Bastareaud also backed PSA's comments, saying that his honesty was a good thing and that the players don't need to be treated gently.

"He needed to speak his mind and I have no problem with that, quite the contrary. He doesn't have to use tweezers with us. He's the boss.

"It's good to have meetings and to say things. But now if it's not followed up by actions on Sunday, then it's useless.