Defence the key for France success - Noves


Guy Noves has been focusing on strengthening France's defensive play ahead of Saturday's clash with Australia in Paris.

France picked up a comprehensive 52-8 win over Samoa to kick off their three-match international series, but the Wallabies will pose a much tougher proposition.

In their two matches in the northern hemisphere Michael Cheika's side have scored seven tries as they beat Wales and Scotland - the latter a narrow 23-22 triumph.

Keeping them at bay is the main concern for Noves as France look to win back-to-back matches against Australia for the first time since 1993.

"The week has been a bit shorter, but despite that we tried to work, and the defence was very important because our opponent has huge offensive qualities," he told a media conference. 

"We were dominated during the first four or five minutes against Samoa, which was surprising, I think it will be like that during 80 minutes against Australia. 

"So you can imagine how important our work on the defence is."

Noves and his backroom staff have been busy monitoring Australia's recent displays and the France coach believes if they work hard they can find a way to beat Cheika's side.

He continued: "Our videos analysts are working on several games to find solutions and give information to our players. 

"We've seen that the Australians are extremely efficient offensively, but maybe if we play a certain type of game, we can find solutions. 

"Obviously, it'll be very hard because they are among the three best teams right now. They gave many problems to the All Blacks recently. 

"We'll just try to play our game and give our best."


France team: Scott Spedding, Noa Nakaitaci, Remi Lamerat, Wesley Fofana, Virimi Vakatawa, Jean-Marc Doussain, Maxime Machenaud; Cyril Baille, Guilhem Guirado, Uini Antonio, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Yoann Maestri, Charles Ollivon, Kevin Gourdon, Louis Picamoles.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Xavier Chiocci, Rabah Slimani, Julien Le Devedec, Damien Chouly, Baptiste Serin, Camille Lopez, Gael Fickou.