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Medard plays down expectations against Japan

 The French rugby team's players, from left, Maxime Medard, Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and David Skrela listen to their coach dur...
 France's rugby team player Maxime Medard, right, catches Fabrice Estebanez during a training session for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, in Auckland,  ...
 France's rugby team player Maxime Medard, right, signs autographs for fans after a training session for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, in Auckland,  N...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

The French rugby team's players, from left, Maxime Medard, Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and David Skrela listen to their coach dur...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team player Maxime Medard, right, catches Fabrice Estebanez during a training session for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, in Auckland, ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team player Maxime Medard, right, signs autographs for fans after a training session for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, in Auckland, N...

Winger Maxime Medard says France's opening World Cup match against Japan is "a danger match" that is as potentially perilous as when France kicked off its campaign with a loss to Argentina in 2007.
France is heavily favored to beat Japan at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday, but Medard warns French fans not to expect a rout against John Kirwan's fast-improving team.
Praising Japan's attacking ability, Medard says "we're very wary of this team."
Medard will start alongside his Toulouse teammates _ winger Vincent Clerc and fullback Cedric Heymans _ describing them as "free spirits" he hopes will cause the Japan defense all sorts of problems.


Updated : 2021-05-07 13:21 GMT+08:00