Novès: ‘I’m delighted for everyone’

Date published: February 13 2016

France head coach Guy Novès was thrilled with the character displayed by his young side to come from behind to win against Ireland.

Maxime Médard's late try clinched a 10-9 win over the reigning champions as France made it two wins out of two in the Championship so far.

Novès was thrilled to see France's hard work rewarded in a low-scoring clash at the Stade de France.

"I can only be delighted to see that my team believe in each other and that they want to go for the win and not the draw," Novès told the Six Nations website.

"In scoring the try, this is the fruit of their state of their mind and their collective hard work.

"I am delighted for everyone, for the Federation who work so hard to help us all the time, for the staff and everyone else who works so hard from the beginning of the week.

"This win is as a result of that work – and of course I am most pleased for my players."

France flanker Yacouba Camara, in his first start for his country, believed that les Bleus were worthy winners against a very strong Irish side.

"These matches are very tight and we are playing very good teams who are hard to shake but i think this is a fair result," added Camara.

"Ireland are a team that have dominated Europe for the last three or four years

"We prepared for this match with a lot of pressure especially in defence and we are very satisfied. This will serve us well in the future. We defended very well but we had to move on and play our game.

"We knew the scrum was going well and full of confidence, we really wanted to win this game."