Medard promises to make amends for All Black defeat

Maxime Medard has promised to make amends for his mistakes against New Zealand when he lines up against Tonga on Saturday.

Medard was singled out for criticism along with others wearing France Rugby Shirts after the 37-17 defeat by the All Blacks last week having started on the wing, but will hope to help France secure their place in the Quarter Finals from his favoured position at full-back.

With the All Blacks already assured of their passage through to the knockout stages, Les Blues must win against the south Pacific Islanders to follow them through as runners up in Pool A, and Medard insists he is relishing the chance to show what he can do.

“At fullback, I have more responsibilities, but that does not worry me,” he told L’Equipe.

“I want to show that I am there to help the team. Marc has shown the confidence he has in me. It’s up to me not to let him down.

“It’s good to return to this position, to show something different from the previous three games. You have to accept when you have not played well and raise your level. I will try to bring a bit more to the team. I have played a lot at fullback so it will quickly come back to me.” He added.

The Toulouse back believes his side will have to be wary of the threat Tonga pose, in particular their dangerous loose play but revealed he wouldn’t be tempted to match their style.

“I hope I will get more of the ball and enjoy myself more. But I am not crazy any more. I will not run everything, even though I have two wingers beside me who like to run the ball, like Alexis (Palisson).” He commented.

He runs, he is a bit crazy. I like the way he plays. “I have a lot of energy, but I have to channel that if I don’t have the ball.”

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