Philippe Saint-Andre is busy preparing for France's tour to Australia
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre insists he cannot underline the importance of Les Bleus' tour to Australia this summer enough having finished fourth in this year's RBS 6 Nations.
Saint-Andre's troops ended the Championship with three wins and two defeats - an improvement on the 2013 tournament when they were last with just one win under their belt.
Les Bleus were also desperately close to preventing Ireland from lifting the title in Paris and played throughout without the likes of back-row Thierry Dusautoir and scrum-half Morgan Parra.
France's next international Test comes in the form of a tour Down Under and, with the World Cup less than 500 days away, Saint-Andre wants his side to perform in Australia.
"The tournament was better than last year even if it wasn't satisfying. There was a feeling of unfinished business, particularly with the last game," said Saint-Andre.
"I was even more so happy given the huge numbers of 'leaders' who were missing or who we lost through injury in the tournament, such as Thierry Dusautoir, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Morgan Parra, Benjamin Kayser and Dimitri Szarzewski.
"Put simply, we have to win the matches. It's the last tour before the World Cup so it'll be important in that respect, for the team's spirit. We're going there with a lot of positivity, desire and hope.
"What better challenge exists? We're going to one of the most beautiful countries in the world to play three Test matches in a sport that is not only the profession of the players but also their passion.
"It's nothing but good. The Australians have made great progress. They've revamped their team since the 2011 World Cup.
"During the November internationals, they really showed off their capabilities. They went and won easily in Wales, Italy and Ireland.
"It'll be a very high level but it's only by playing the best that you improve."
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