24 Nov 2012

Sport: Michael Jones believes Manu Samoa upset is possible

10:21 am on 24 November 2012

The former Manu Samoa head coach Michael Jones is hoping the team can catch France on an off-day in tomorrow morning's blockbuster clash in Paris.

Samoa go into the match off the back of road wins against Canada and Wales and, depending on other results, could break into the top eight of the IRB World Rankings.

The Tricolours are also in commanding form, after dispatching Australia and Argentina, but Michael Jones says they do have a history of switching off against the so-called lesser teams.

"The Tongans showed that they're very beatable the French. They're a bit of an enigma - they can be the best team in the world and they can have those off days, whereas the All Blacks don't tend to have those off days against the minnows but the French do. I think the Samoans will roll into town with a huge amount of belief and confidence. The French - even though they've been playing marvellously - they'll be really wary. They don't like playing the Island teams so it could be an interesting day in Paris and I wouldn't discount the Samoans from taking it to the next level."

Meanwhile Fiji and Tonga also wrap up their Northern Hemisphere tours tomorrow against Georgia and Scotland .