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Pelous in confident mood
4 March 2004 11:17am
Captain Fabien Pelous insists France can win the RBS 6 Nations and backed his men to easily overcome Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.
But for that to happen, both teams must maintain their 100% record and France have perhaps the trickier of the weekend assignments with a visit to Cardiff while England host Ireland.
Nevertheless, Pelous, who succeeded the retired Fabien Galthie as France captain, is adamant his men have the necessary drive to succeed.
"I don't want to spend time talking about Wales, all I can say is that we have the means to dominate them and impose our game," he said.
"Actually we are superior to all the teams if we make the right efforts. We are capable of beating anyone.
"Wales were a huge surprise at the World Cup because they were not expected to be able to reach such a high level but they lost matches.
"They are a good team but they are not the best at the moment."
And, according to Pelous, France head to Wales in confident mood.
"There are no doubts to have," he added. "We won our first two matches, some things did not work but it happens to all sides."
The Stade Toulousain lock also pointed out how important a win would be for France.
"It would put us on the right track of three consecutive wins and in an ideal situation to launch the title chase," he said.
"Whatever happens we want to have won four matches when we take on the English at the Stade de France.
"We always have to improve in rugby, we have to aim at a perfect match."
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