Six Nations: England expected to beat France by 30 points - but wounded animals can be dangerous

France must travel to England yet having already suffered two defeats

Some wounded animals are dangerous, others just need putting out of their misery. France travel to England and Ireland, then finish at home to Scotland before determining which description applies to them.

This tired team with one-dimensional tactics needs a refresher, and their former Leicester hooker Benjamin Kayser accepted there would be changes in the squad after two losses to Italy and Wales. In any event, the wing Vincent Clerc, who missed both matches injured, has begun running again, while the flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo needs a check today on a damaged shoulder.

"It will be a fantastic challenge against England for a fantastic French team – if we're all playing at 100 per cent," Kayser said. "I would definitely think of the England game as a real opportunity, to go completely relaxed, when everybody's going to think we're going to lose by 30 points over there. We'll worry about setting our standards much higher and actually performing the way we can do. This game was much, much better [than last week] from the whole squad so it's even harder to explain. What really killed us was we had a fair few breaks in the first half and a couple of chances to score but didn't follow through."

Kayser's comments suggested a lack of direction among the decision makers. "When we get into those 22-metre zones, we try to score these tries too easily," Kayser said. "We have to keep our composure and build and at least come back with three points. We tried the easy pass, the easy option to go straight to the end without being more patient. We lost control of the game as we did in Italy and that's frustrating."

The French could now finish lower than last year's fourth place in what was their first season under manager Philippe Saint-André.

His options include giving the fly-half role to a specialist such as François Trinh-Duc and moving the Clermont centre Wesley Fofana infield from his wasteful station on the wing.

An extremely sombre Saint-André apologised for repeating himself when he anticipated a better deal for his overworked players when the league, clubs and union meet in June. He and assistants Patrice Lagisquet (backs) and Yannick Bru (forwards) must now add creativity to a good scrum and driving maul. "We were flying in November but can't give up," Saint-André said.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing
The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower