France must learn - Saint-André

17th Mar 2013, 10:22

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Philippe Saint-André: Preparing for New Zealand

Philippe Saint-André: Preparing for New Zealand

France boss Philippe Saint-André urged his players to learn from their poor Six Nations campaign.

France boss Philippe Saint-André urged his players to learn from their poor Six Nations campaign after they finished with the wooden spoon despite beating Scotland in their last match.

Les Bleus claimed a 23-16 win in Paris, thanks to tries from Wesley Fofana and Maxime Medard, but a late Tim Visser try prevented them from finishing above Ireland on the table.

France face the All Blacks in a three-Test tour in New Zealand during June, and Saint-André admits that his young team must grow up quickly.

"These are matches of a lifetime," Saint-André said of the series against the All Blacks.

"If one day you want to win a big competition you have to face the big teams.

"We're last in the Six Nations and we have to accept that and face up to it.

"The game was like our tournament: complicated. The second half was better and we started to get back into the game and scored two very good tries.

"But we missed two other good chances.

"This team is young, it has a soul and fights. But it lacks control, collectively and individually, and you need control and patience when you play rugby at the highest level.

"The objective is to be ready for the 2015 World Cup. I think we will learn enormously from this Six Nations."