Dusautoir unfazed by All Blacks favourites tag

Date published: October 14 2015

France captain Thierry Dusautoir thinks that his team have the capacity to beat the All Blacks in their highly anticipated World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Dusautoir, whose team could only muster a second-place finish in Pool D at this year's tournament, said the fact the All Blacks were favourites to win this weekend would count for little at this stage of the campaign.

"Against New Zealand it is going to be tough – they are the best team in the world – but that's what comes now and we have to play the best we can," said Dusautoir.

The France captain was part of the squad that eliminated the All Blacks from the World Cup in 2007. It just so happens that he was one of the try scorers on that occasion too and understands better than most that New Zealand can be beaten.

"I have played 11 or 12 times against the All Blacks and not once we were the favourites but that didn't stop us from beating them," added the France captain.

It is also perhaps worth noting that France came agonisingly close to winning the World Cup at New Zealand 2011 too.

"Last time at the World Cup we were very close to beating them," said Dusautoir.

That said, the France captain is not going to be caught up on what transpired in the past, adding that this current squad had its own script to write.

"It was a different context in 2007 and a different team. This team has a different history, different experience and enough to build within itself to prepare for the match," he said.

"We don't need to look back to what others did eight years ago. What's important is this match and the 31 players in this squad."