Edwards hits back at critics of French defence

Defence coach Shaun Edwards bristled at suggestions France have softened after giving up nine tries in their past two games.

Les Bleus conceded five tries in their Six Nations opener against Ireland last Friday in Marseille. It was their first game back since suffering a heart breaking 29–28 World Cup quarter-final loss to South Africa in Paris in October, when they conceded four tries.

Prior to the match against Scotland on Saturday, Edwards was irritated when questioned about France's apparent leakiness.

"We had the best defence at the World Cup," he retorted bluntly.

When asked about his own seemingly angry demeanour in the wake of the Ireland defeat, Englishman Edwards said: "I am normally angry when we lose. It means a lot to me and I know how much it means to the people of France, the France supporters.

"In the last four years we have a 75% win ratio, 80% sometimes. [The Ireland game] is the only time I feel we did not perform anywhere near the level we normally do.

"We’re here to improve tomorrow and we can’t wait for the game to begin.

"We need to give a better account of ourselves in attack, defence, our kicking game, the set piece. We know we’re up against a formidable opponent in Scotland, who have been ranked in the top five in the last 12 months.

"We know we’re in for a tough game but we just want to give a better account of ourselves and obviously a victory would be nice as well."