Wednesday 17 January 2018

Les Bleus aim to slay Dragons

France full-back Maxime Medard. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters.
France full-back Maxime Medard. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters.

France full-back Maxime Medard has urged caution ahead of tonight's RBS 6 Nations clash against unbeaten title rivals Wales.

Medard and company arrive in Cardiff on the back of successive home wins against Italy and Ireland that ensured a strong start for new head coach Guy Noves.


But France now face opponents they have not beaten since the 2011 World Cup, losing four successive Six Nations Tests and scoring only one try during that time.

"You can't help but hear some people talking about winning the championship, and even the Grand Slam, because we have won two from two," said Toulouse star Medard.

"But the truth is, at the moment, we have got nothing."

The victories over Italy and Ireland were achieved by a combined margin of just three points, and the Principality Stadium encounter under its closed roof is a first Test match away from home for Noves, who succeeded Philippe Saint-Andre after last year's World Cup.

Medard added: "They (Wales) are a very powerful team in both attack and defence.

"They come up very quickly, and we know this match will be completely different to the first two that we played.

"We won two matches while struggling.


"We have not won anything yet, and with a dangerous trip to Wales, we have nothing to brag about at the moment."

Stade Francais wing Djibril Camara will make his first start for Les Bleus as one of five changes made by Noves following the 10-9 success Ireland a fortnight ago.

Camara replaces an injured Teddy Thomas, while there are also starts for scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, prop Rabah Slimani, lock Paul Jedrasiak and flanker Antoine Burban.

Sebastien Bezy, Uini Atonio and Yoann Maestri all drop to the bench, while Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc is also named

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