Novès wants a change in attitude

Date published: January 18 2016

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New France head coach Guy Novès believes a positive attitude from his players will lead to Test victories in the future.

Novès is inheriting a squad that suffered greatly at the hands of former coach Philippe Saint-Andrè for four years, where they were winless against Ireland, Wales, South Africa and New Zealand. 

"In the short term, what I'd like to see (from the players) is an attitude," revealed Novès to AFP.

"It's about giving your best from the first to the last minute, almost without worrying about the result, the points scored and conceded.

"It's about taking to the pitch with one single desire: push your own machine to its extremes for 80 minutes. It's about showing the French public they can be proud of their team."

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On Tuesday, Novès will pick his squad that faces Italy in the Six Nations opener on February 6 in Paris. While it will be his first outing at international level, the 61-year-old indicated that he is not quite feeling the butterflies.

"I can wait… I'm not a young debutant," said the 14-time title winning former Toulouse coach.

"I'd prefer to be three months out to be able to say that we've got more time to prepare for this match.

"We're trying to mobilise the players for this match and we'll try to meet the expectations of those who picked us.

"I believe that a rugby player takes enjoyment on a daily basis at training with his club and lives his sport in the right way.

"Once we trust him with the jersey emblazoned with the cockerel, his mission is to give pleasure to our supporters and partners."

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