Toulouse - France coach Guy Noves believes Ireland's
historic defeat of the All Blacks gives his team "a little bit of
hope" ahead of their Paris showdown against the world champions.
New Zealand lost 40-29 to the Irish in Chicago on Saturday,
ending the All Blacks' record 18-match winning run.
France will face New Zealand in Paris on November 26 for the
first time since they were humiliated 62-13 at the World Cup in 2015.
"It gives a bit of hope that we can do a little
something to upset them," said Noves after seeing Ireland secure their
first win in over a century against the All Blacks.
"We have said that we'll try to give them a headache. I
don't know if it will lead to a similar result of the Irish but it's certain
that the French players will also give their best.
Despite being "amazed" by the "magnitude of
the score" in the game in Chicago, Noves tempered expectations of his team
performing similar heroics.
"The All Blacks are human," said Noves who added
that maybe the All Blacks were under-prepared for the game against Ireland.
"They are immense champions and competitors. They will
not tolerate back-to-back defeats. One run has stopped, but another can