Wednesday 21 February 2018

Video: If France had a coach like Joe Schmidt, they'd win every year - Neil Francis and Tony Ward preview Ireland-France

Neil Francis and Tony Ward are expecting a close encounter against France on Saturday but believe Joe Schmidt will outwit Philippe Saint-Andre.

Tony is expecting a very physical, brutish and limited game on Saturday but believes that the 'fear' that the French used to instill in teams is gone.

The former Ireland flyhalf believes Joe Schmidt will have developed a gameplan to counteract the French physicality.

Neil Francis believes that under Philippe Saint-Andre, France have forgotten how to play and are a "shambles".

He also said that if France had Joe Schmidt, they would win the Championship every year.

They have gone from Marc Lievremont to Saint-Andre and Francis hopes they keep their current management structure for the World Cup, for Ireland's sake.

He can't believe how Rory Kockett is keeping Morgan Parra out of the side.

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