Saint-Andre labels French 'cry babies'
March 6, 2014
The French coach was unimpressed with his team's attitude against Wales © Getty Images
Philippe Saint-Andre has said some of the seven changes he has made to the team ahead of Sunday's game is "either a punishment due to their performances or their lack of self-control".
Saint-Andre was heavily critical of his side in the wake of their heavy loss to Wales in round three and has made a raft of changes for Saturday's game against Scotland.
Saint-Andre said: "Some of the changes are due to injuries like those of Dimitri Szarzewski, Yannick Nyanga, Wesley Fofana. But when you leave out some of those who had been starting, it is either a punishment due to their performances or their lack of self-control.
"The performance of the players needs to be called into question and we are expecting a response so that our supporters can be proud of their team at Murrayfield. We can still win the tournament, which a lot of people forget."
One change saw Louis Picamoles dropped for sarcastically applauding referee Alain Rolland after he was sin-binned and Saint-Andre has emphasised the importance of showing respect to the officials.
"Our sport is about combat but we must also respect the referee's decisions, regardless of whether they are good or bad. We had too many cry babies [in Cardiff], too many players who spoke and made things difficult for the captain Pascal Pape.
"On Saturday, Pascal will be allowed to speak to the referee but the other 14 must work for the team and maintain their self-control."
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