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Rugby World Cup France need to beat England for confidence - Mathieu Bastareaud

France's penultimate warm-up match for the Rugby World Cup is a must-win one, according to centre Mathieu Bastareaud.

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France need to beat England for Rugby World Cup confidence - Mathieu Bastareaud

(Omni Sports)

France's penultimate warm-up match for the Rugby World Cup is a must-win one, according to centre Mathieu Bastareaud.

Les Bleus were beaten 19-14 by England at Twickenham on Saturday, but get the chance for retribution in Paris one week on.

The French, preparing to farewell coach Philippe Saint-Andre at the World Cup, have endured an unconvincing 2015 campaign reflected in their 2-3 win-loss record at the Six Nations.

Bastareaud said Saturday's Test at Stade de France was the perfect time for France to take a confidence-boosting scalp.

"I think we can only accept victory for Saturday's game," Bastareaud told Omnisport.

"We play in France, we have no other choice but to win.

"If we want start the World Cup with some confidence, we'll need to win this kind of game.

"England are among the [tournament] favourites. They come with their strongest side.

"It could be some kind of achievement a month ahead of the World Cup."

An early double to Anthony Watson was the difference in England's win at Twickenham, but experienced fly-half Frederic Michalak said there were positives to take from the defeat.

"I think there are some good things to keep in mind [from the loss]," Toulon's Michalak said.

"Our pack did great. We were good at carrying the ball and had a good scrum too. That at least gives us some satisfaction, but we must continue to work hard.

"Sometimes we made a few mistakes with our finishing. We had too much pride and wanted to score a quick try.

"But there are also positives, we managed to cross the line several times and there were only seven fouls in defence, so I think only seven penalties against us.

"Our power is improving and the statistics are showing we are at the level of an international team.

"But we still have to improve small details, especially with our finishing."

France's final World Cup warm-up match sees them take on Scotland in Paris on September 5.

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