We must grow up, says French centre Jauzion

13th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

MARCOUSSIS, France, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) - Star centre Yannick Jauzion said on Wednesday that hosts France have to grow up quickly if they are to make the last eight of the World Cup and avoid disaster.

MARCOUSSIS, France, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) - Star centre Yannick Jauzion said on Wednesday that hosts France have to grow up quickly if they are to make the last eight of the World Cup and avoid disaster.

The 29-year-old, who has won 45 caps, admitted that the manner in which the Argentinians had outwitted France in their stunning opening 17-12 win last Friday could well inspire other teams including Six Nations Triple Crown holders Ireland.    

"It is vital we reflect more during a match," said Toulouse back Jauzion.

"Perhaps we are missing a bit of maturity, but I think we can acquire that in the following matches." 

Jauzion, twice a European Cup winner, accepted that he should play a senior role like fellow veterans Serge Betsen, Raphael Ibanez and Fabien Pelous.

"Perhaps I haven't played more than 45 matches for France, but I have already experienced these type of situations and I know how to react," said Jauzion.

"Of course it is important to retain a sense that we could turn things upside down in terms of strategy but also get rid of the doubts."

Jauzion's great fear is that not only their next opponents Namibia but more threateningly Ireland could try and imitate Argentina.

"They (Namibia who France face in Toulouse on Sunday) will try to imitate the Pumas, who disturbed our game by slowing up the delivery of the ball," said Jauzion.

"The Irish could also be inspired by the Argentinian style. It may not be a very open match, played very tightly.

"It could also be very close if the Irish decide to attack and move the ball around, but it is vital we come up with the answers on the pitch."

Jauzion was adamant that France could pay dearly if they were to try and change their tactics against Namibia's part-timers but who gave the Irish a run for their money last Sunday in a 32-17 defeat.

"It is vital to stay faithful to our style, it is not because we are playing Namibia that entitles us to throw everything to the wind.

"Last weekend, I saw big teams change their style against lesser teams and take a few hits because they were met with a very aggressive first line of defence."

Jauzion was backed up by French skipper Raphael Ibanez, who was taken off on the hour against the Argentinians.

"It is time to free ourselves from the pressure," said Ibanez, who also skippered France to the 1999 World Cup final where they lost to Australia.

"It should be a pleasure to play in front of 80,000 people and a great honour to don the French jersey."

AFP

Subject: French news, Rugby World Cup 2007

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