Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Dusautoir demands French resolve

Thierry Dusautoir is looking for a response from his team against Wales

Thierry Dusautoir has told his French team-mates to use the anger they feel over last weekend's humiliation against Italy in Rome to get their RBS 6 Nations campaign back on track.

Dusautoir has been restored to the French captaincy for Saturday's clash with Wales in Paris in place of second row Pascal Pape, who has been ruled out through injury, as they attempt to bounce back from their 23-18 defeat on the opening weekend.

"I don't think the players need my help - they are angry about their performance last weekend," said Dusautoir. "But we have to remember the Italians played a very good game. We weren't good enough to win a Six Nations match. I think our pride was hurt enough that we will be able to get ourselves up for the Welsh game."

Dusautoir, the 2011 world player of the year, can speak from experience as he was also captain of France two years ago when they were beaten by the Azzurri for the first time.

He added: "It's not the first time that I find myself in this situation, after a defeat in Italy. It's a situation that I know, but there aren't that many solutions for bouncing back. We have four games left.

"We have to tell ourselves that the tournament didn't end in Rome."

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