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Belleau has faith that France can win

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    21 Jun 2018     Getty Images

Having made an impressive start in his Test career since making his debut in November against the All Blacks, Belleau has made the first five-eighths position his own in the time since and shapes as a key contributor to the side's Rugby World Cup hopes next year in Japan.

Belleau said he felt France could win in Dunedin. The side had reacted well to the circumstances created in the second Test and they had taken confidence from it.

"Everyone is concerned in the group. We feel that we can do something. Now it's up to us to prove it and finish this tour on a high note, and if possible on a win," he told Midi Olympique.

"We arrived in New Zealand with a lot of ambitions for the first Test. We saw that in the first half and then we took a slap in the space of 30 minutes. We challenged ourselves to react to that in Wellington in the second Test where we had two tries refused.

"We feel that there was a lot of progress, at the very least in our attitude and this is sure to give us confidence and help our morale," he said.

The red card to fullback Benjamin Fall was one of those things that could happen at anytime, but the side had adapted as best they could and they were happy to have Fall back, he said.

While they disagreed with decisions on a yellow card at a vital stage of the first Test and the red card in the second, that was rugby and it was down to the referee's decision.

"Whether we agree or not, it does not change anything. We are not here to moan or complain. The most important thing was to find solutions to playing with 14 men," he said.

They knew the All Blacks were not satisfied with their second Test effort and how much that would motivate them in Dunedin. They would be dangerous but France were prepared for that.

"You have to be well prepared, make a good start and keep up to the pace of the game for 80 minutes," he said.

He said he is looking forward to his first win against the All Blacks. France have been getting better with each step and he can't wait until they make the winning breakthrough.

Playing the All Blacks helped his development.

"Just to play against them and analyse what they do, seeing how they defend, how they attack, and seeing the game as it is played by the best players in the world.

"We can learn small things out on the field but we also appreciate the adaptation and vision we can have as a result of playing them.

"Apart from La Rochelle and Clermont, New Zealand is the team I have played most in my career and that is good for me, to play rugby against the best," he said.

Just one game away from completing his first full season at the top level, Belleau said he had experienced plenty of different things: the Top 14, the European Cup, the November Tests, the Six Nations and this tour to New Zealand.

While it was a long and hard season it was also rich in lessons in the game.

"You must know how to take care of your body and train in the best possible way, with great rigour. You have to know how to minimise the bad shots in such a long season so even if the results have not been all that I was hoping for I have been able to gain a lot of experience," he said.