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Saint-André hits out at cry-babies

07th March 2014 09:12


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Blunt: Philippe Saint-André

France head coach Philippe Saint-André is looking for fewer "cry-babies" and more discipline from his side when they face Scotland.

French hopes of a Grand Slam were dashed by a 27-6 thumping by two-time defending champions Wales in Cardiff last time out and Saint-André has responded by making seven changes, virtually half his side, for this weekend's clash in Edinburgh.

While some of the changes are injury-enforced, the fact that Saint-Andre has changed his scrum-half yet again - having already fielded ten different half-back pairings in just two years - is bound to raise more questions about his judgement.

Prior to this match, former France captain Saint-Andre had already axed number eight Louis Picamoles for sarcastically applauding Irish referee Alain Rolland when the back-row was sin-binned against Wales.

But if the enforced and disciplinary disruption wasn't enough, Saint-Andre has also dropped Wenceslas Lauret, Jean-Marc Doussain and Hugo Bonneval.

"Some of the changes are due to injuries. But when you leave out some of those who had been starting, it is either a punishment due to their performances or their lack of self-control," said Saint-André.

"The performance of the players needs to be called into question and we are expecting a response so that our supporters can be proud of their team at Murrayfield.

"We can still win the tournament, which a lot of people forget.

"We had too many cry-babies (in Cardiff), too many players who spoke and made things difficult for the captain Pascal Papé.

"On Saturday, Pascal will be allowed to speak to the referee but the other 14 must work for the team and maintain their self-control."

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