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France go head to head with the England Rugby Team at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday with the opportunity of throwing the championship race for the Six Nations wide open as they look to live up to their reputation of being the most unpredictable team in European rugby. Having started their own campaign in the Six Nations with surprise defeats at the hands of Wales and Italy, the French side went from being one of the top sides in the competition to being flops in a matter of just eight days.
In what is the worst possible start to a Six Nations campaign for the French side, the national team coach has urged the players to put an end to their inconsistent run and get some focus back into their game. However, it wouldn’t be a peculiar event for the French team to come away with a victory from Twickenham with a victory and dent the hopes of a Grand Slam title for the England Rugby Team. Philip Saint-Andre, the head coach of the French team has stated that the team is going through one of its difficult phases and it needs to come out of its slumber and get some hard ground underneath its feet.
The England team will perhaps have been as surprised as any other after witnessing the meltdown of the French side, with Stuart Lancaster, the England Rugby Team boss labeling them as arguably the team to beat in the tournament.
But with Lancaster wary of the French side’s inconsistency, he will hope that his side comes through in the end as they keep their hopes of securing a title alive and not let a repeat of last year’s meltdown of their own affect the psychology of the team as they take on their enemies from across the Channel.
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Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the England Rugby Team reflected on completing one year in charge of the national side, stating that the team is in a far better condition at this moment that it was just one year back. The English rugby union opted for the relatively inexperienced coach to lead the team out of their disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign in 2011 where they were knocked out in the quarter finals.
Lancaster went in to the Six Nations Championship 2012 with single capped Chris Robshaw as the leader of the team and finished second in the tournament and built on that success with a win against the world champions New Zealand in November. Speaking on completing a year in charge of the England Rugby Team, Lancaster stated that at this point last year, they were sitting on the back of a disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign with 15 newly capped players as well as a new captain and the key at that time was getting the culture absolutely spot on.
Lancaster went on to state that although the team has not won each and every game, it hasn’t been smashed in any game either. He added that the team is cultured in a way now so as to take advantage of that sensational win against the All Blacks and build on that success to achieve the consistency required to succeed at the very top level and mentioned that there is absolutely no better place to achieve that than in the Six Nations Championship.
After taking over the England Rugby Team, Lancaster has gone for youth instead of experience and he has seen his young players reward his faith in them and the big boss man is now looking for his charges to lead the team to glory.