France reveal November Test schedule
January 6, 2012
France will tackle Australia again in November © Getty Images
France have lined up Australia, Argentina and Samoa for their November Tests.
Following Philippe Saint-Andre's announcement of his first national squad on Thursday, the FFR (Federation Francaise de rugby) are set to confirm France's three-Test schedule for the autumn internationals. The World Cup runners-up will face the Wallabies on November 10 and Samoa on November 24 in their traditional Stade de France home. But their Test against the Pumas on November 17 is set to be in another venue - yet to be confirmed by the FFR.
And following Thursday's 30-man squad for the 2012 Six Nations, one of the two uncapped players in the party, Wesley Fofana, is adamant that he is ready to seize the opportunity given to him by Saint-Andre. And Fofana has laid praise at the door of Clermont backs coach Franck Azema following his inclusion.
"I've been able to play a string of games and get a lot of time on the field," Fofana said. "I've gained a lot of confidence and, above all, I've taken on what Franck Azema has told me, he has really helped me since I arrived at the club.
"We're on the same wavelength and have the same vision of the game."
And Fofana admits that he is excited by the prospect of training alongside some of France's top players. Fofana said: "At first I think I'll be struck at finding myself with all these players who are very experienced, but importantly totally motivated by the idea of grounding myself in the squad to have the chance of wearing a France jersey."
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