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Jauzion ready for Pumas challenge

France centre Yannick Jauzion insists there will be no complacency against Argentina on Saturday after admitting Les Bleus may have taken the South Americans lightly in the past.

France have won just twice in nine starts against the Pumas since 2002, and Jauzion accepts they have sometimes been guilty of underestimating their opponents.

"They are a great team. We have struggled against them in the past because we have too often underestimated them," the Toulouse star told

"But when you look at them individually you can see their players are almost always the best at their clubs.

"We will have to be ready because we need to deal with enthusiastic players who are capable of scoring at any time."

Argentina may be the away side but they will be familiar with the conditions, with 10 of their starting XV plying their trade in the Top 14.

And former Pumas consultant and France skipper Fabien Galthie was quick to point out that a meeting with France holds special significance for the Argentinian players.

He said: "Playing against France is how the Argentinians measure themselves.

"The French internationals are their club team-mates, often their friends. They want to be considered, in the eyes of their colleagues, as good rugby players."


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