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Betsen: France can do well

Former Wasps and Biarritz back-row Serge Betsen insists France can mount a serious challenge for Six Nations glory.

France will go into the tournament as joint-favourites after a four-Test unbeaten run.

Having beaten Argentina in the summer, they went on to thrash the Wallabies before seeing off the Pumas for a second time and then toppling Samoa.

Those performances, though, came on the back of a disappointing Six Nations campaign last year - with Les Bleus finishing fourth.

However Betsen, who is now on the coaching staff at London Scottish, believes that the side never recovered from having to play three games on the bounce after their initial clash with Ireland was called off just before kick-off due to a frozen pitch.

"I think France will do very well," Betsen told Sky Sports.

"It was difficult for them last year because of the postponed game with Ireland in Paris. It was then very hard for them challenge because they had three hard games in a row while others got to rest.

"I think it is going to be a lot better this time as they have been going really well. In the summer they mixed up the young players and the November Tests confirmed that this group can compete."