France and Italy will lock horns in their World Cup opener at Twickenham on Saturday without key players.
The absences will pile more pressure on both coaches, under Philippe Sanit-Andre, the French have been less than convincing and confidence is low.
A romping victory will be the only cure.
Sainte Andre played down the pressure: “I think all the teams will be tough, hard, and it will be about small details. So we are looking forward to playing this game. I have been waiting this for four years. We are there. We must arrive with a smile on our faces and play at out level.”
Italy boss and fellow Frenchman, Jacques Brunel is in a bigger pickle he’s recovering from surgery, his captain Sergio Parisse is injured and former player Mirco Bergamasco claims Brunel has lost the players “both on and off the pitch.”
Brunel has dismissed such talk and believes Italy have what it takes to reach the quarter-finals
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