France not afraid of Ireland

Date published: October 7 2015

France are not afraid of Ireland according to coach Philippe Saint-André ahead of their Pool D decider on Sunday.

The two unbeaten sides face off in Cardiff on Sunday, with the winners set for a quarter-final against Argentina, while the losers will have to take on the All Blacks.

During Saint-André's time in charge of les Bleus, they have not beaten Ireland, drawing twice and losing their last two encounters, however France have won their last five matches, a first under Saint-André.

And despite that recent record against Ireland, the French boss insists his team are ready for the reigning Six Nations champions.

"The players have been thinking about this game against Ireland for a long time, but they've been able to do the job before that," Saint-André told reporters. 

"We're serious at the top level. But I don't have to speak about anything else. I control what I can. We're good together. This is the moment of truth but we're not afraid of Ireland.

"I've got a squad that's ready. They have been preparing since July 5. You sense the squad is sure of their strength. The players don't panic. 

"It's a different team. Physically we're twice as good as we were. Our kickers are now converting 100 percent because of the work they're putting in. When you have time to work and the players are competitors. We're not more stupid than anyone else.

"It will be good to play Ireland to see where we stand. But we are going to start games at another level. We're going to focus on putting some pace into the first two phases. We have to control what we can control."