France coach Philippe Saint-AndrÃ© has laughed off criticism of his selections by former England boss Sir Clive Woodward.
Saint-AndrÃ©, who moved last Sunday to dispel rumours that he could resign because of the poor campaign that has seen les Bleus left win-less in four matches, has kept faith with the half-back pairing of Morgan Parra and under-fire FrÃ©dÃ©ric Michalak for Saturday's crunch Six Nations clash against Scotland.
Saint-AndrÃ© took aim at England's 2003 World Cup-winning coach, who had criticised him for staying loyal to Michalak, who was France's first choice at the 2003 World Cup and had a dreadful game in the semi-final which the French lost to England.
"For the past four or five years our friend Clive Woodward has been involved in athletics," said Saint-AndrÃ© , who cut his teeth as a coach with Gloucester during the Woodward era.
"He is no longer involved in rugby.
"I know Clive well. I respect his work and I worked with him when I was in England. He knows also that a national coach is a difficult job, that one has to take risks, to innovate, to find and put together a new squad in order to try and be better in the future.
"When he began his job he left for Australia with a very young squad, and they lost by between 70-80 points (76-0 in June 1998).
"He didn't win many matches at the beginning, but he believed in his players and they were world champions in 2003.
"As for his criticism of FrÃ©dÃ©ric Michalak he probably does not know that 80 percent of the fly-halves in the Top 14 are foreigners.
PSA has made however made three changes to his team with South African born flanker Antonie Claassen, new Caledonia-born lock Sebastien Vahaamahina and Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud coming into the starting XV.
Vahaamahina and Claassen, who will be winning their third caps, were given the nod by Saint-AndrÃ© because of the dreadful weather forecast for Saturday.
"They are predicting a lot of rain for Saturday thus we preferred to add the extra power of Sebastien Vahaamahina and Antonie Claassen," said Saint-AndrÃ© .
A decision on the participation of replacement centre Florian Fritz, who has a for infection and has not been able to train, will be taken on Friday.