French resolve to bounce back

Pascal Pape believes they can turnaround the dire showing in Lyon when they face the New Zealand in Paris on Saturday.

The French were trounced 47-3 by an excellent All Black outfit, but the lock was optimistic ahead of the second Test.

“I’ve been through all my thoughts, the frustration, the shame,” Pape told French newspaper l’Equipe.

“The 22 players who return for this game have the chance to do something incredible.”

France coach Bernard Laporte said his side were “less crushed to pieces” by the defeat than they had been after their 45-6 loss to the All Blacks in Paris two years ago, but he insisted that it would take a phenomenal team effort to overcome a team many were tipping for World Cup glory.

“There was pride in Lyon, but that’s not enough against the All Blacks,” Laporte told reporters from his team base in Marcoussis, on the Paris outskirts.

“We must rediscover our solidarity and our fluidity.”