Six Nations: France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre demands greater consistency
France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has urged his side to show greater consistency during this year's Six Nations.
Last Updated: 23/01/13 6:45pm
Les Bleus were in impressive form during the autumn internationals and are expected to perform well against their northern hemisphere opponents.
But they failed to deliver in last year's competition as they finished in fourth position, prompting Saint-Andre to demand a more balanced approach from his side.
"We know the big problem of French rugby is to be consistent," he said at the Six Nations media launch in London.
"We won four games consecutively in the autumn. This is quite a big event for French rugby, but we would like more and more of this.
"On our best day we can beat the best in the world - on our worst we can lose to anyone.
"It's a big step this Six Nations because we have three away games. We did well in the autumn, but we were at home.
"This year is big. We are trying to show how tough we can be mentally and physically away from home."
Saint-Andre has selected Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape as his captain for the tournament, with 2011 World Cup captain Thierry Dusautoir being given the opportunity to get some games under his belt having returned to action after injury.
"We won four games consecutively (in November) and Thierry Dusautoir was still injured a few weeks ago with his knee, so I think it was very important to carry on with Pascal as captain," added Saint-Andre.
"This also gives Thierry the time to come back and to be 100 per cent and focus on himself and get back into the team.
"I think with Pascal, what you see is what you get. He gelled very well with the young players, the young players respect him and I think he has a lot of charisma.
"If he asks them to work very hard on the pitch, the guys follow him and I think the spirit in the team is very important.
"Thierry was a fantastic captain also, but Pascal did well on the pitch and I think it was fair to carry on with him."