We won’t take Pumas lightly, says Jauzion

FRANCE centre Yannick Jauzion insists there will be no complacency against Argentina today after admitting Les Bleus may have taken the South Americans lightly in the past.

France have won just twice in nine starts against the Pumas since 2002 and Jauzion accepts they have sometimes been guilty of underestimating their opponents.

Ahead of the clash in Montpellier, the Toulouse star said: “They are a great team. We have struggled against them in the past because we have too often underestimated them.

“But when you look at them individually you can see their players are almost always the best at their clubs.

“We will have to be ready tomorrow because we need to deal with enthusiastic players who are capable of scoring at any time.”

France’s autumn international schedule has not set many pulses racing so far — the clash with Argentina coming a week after a low-key 34-12 win over Fiji.

But with Australia due in Paris next weekend, expectation is set to increase and Jauzion believes the fixtures will prove to be crucial.

He added: “They are important because there are not many matches before the World Cup. There is the Six Nations and these games. Argentina are one of the big teams and we can use it as a gauge to see where the French team is at.”

Argentina may be the away side but they will be familiar with the conditions with 10 of their starting XV plying their trade in the Top 14.

France coach Marc Lièvremont has warned his players not to fall into the trap of being dragged into a prolonged arm-wrestle.

He has promised the French will play an “ambitious game” with plenty of volume, despite adverse weather being forecasted.

There are 14 changes to last week’s starting XV — only fly-half Damien Traille is retained, while France have also chosen a relative midfield rookie in Aurilien Rougerie, who starts at outside centre despite spending the majority of his career on the wing.

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