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France have 'anger' to unleash on Wales

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Sportal.co.nz     09 Feb 2013     Getty Images

Dusautoir has been restored to the French captaincy for Sunday's clash with Wales in Paris in place of second row Pascal Pape, who has been ruled out through injury.

And Dusautoir insists inspiring the team to bounce back from their shock 23-18 opening-day defeat will be easy provided they channel their frustration in the correct way.

Dusautoir said: "I don't think the players need my help. They are angry about their performance last weekend. But we have to remember the Italians played a very good game.

"We weren't good enough to win a Six Nations match. I think our pride was hurt enough that we will be able to get ourselves up for the Welsh game."

Dusautoir, the 2011 world player of the year, can speak from experience as he was also captain of France two years ago when they were beaten by the Azzurri for the first time.

He added: "It's not the first time that I find myself in this situation, after a defeat in Italy. It's a situation that I know, but there aren't that many solutions for bouncing back. We have four games left.

"We have to tell ourselves that the tournament didn't end in Rome."

Head coach Philippe Saint-Andre said the decision to restore Dusautoir to the captaincy was an easy one.

Saint-Andre said: "It was the natural choice. From the moment Pascal got injured and Thierry was feeling good, he was naturally going to be the captain.

"We believe in this squad, now it's up to us to get our heads down and prepare for a tough game against Wales.

"It's in defeat that we learn. We will see how the team reacts collectively. We will need to find the solutions to how we rediscover the freshness and efficiency that was lacking in Italy."

Centre Mathieu Bastareaud will return to the French starting line-up in place of Florian Fritz, who has started the last seven internationals but will have to settle for a place on the bench.