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It was important that his players believed in themselves as they attempt to break a seven-match winning streak by New Zealand against France.
"We have to be well organised and fight as much as possible, but fight intelligently," he said when naming his side for the game.
Saint-Andre has named some inexperienced players in his side for the game.
Fullback Bruce Dulin has seven caps. Prop Yaannick Forestier has five and flanker Wenceslas Lauret has four.
Compared to the most experienced pack New Zealand has fielded in a Test, the French are down on numbers.
But Saint-Andre says his side can compete with the world champions.
"The players are ready mentally," he said. "We'll have to be very good in defence."
France have always had an ability to overcome the odds against New Zealand and have caused some significant heartache over the years for All Blacks fans.
And in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, they over-turned poor tournament form to push New Zealand all the way before they claimed an 8-7 win.
"The players know they just missed out on victory there and there wasn't much missing," he said.
But one player who was missing, due to injury, was All Blacks first five-eighths Dan Carter and he is back this time and lined up against Remi Tales who forms an inexperienced pairing with halfback Morgan Parra.
"Morgan's experience counts, as well as his ability as a kicker. We need a long kicking game," Saint-Andre said.