Laporte backing Noves

French rugby president Bernard Laporte is backing France coach Guy Noves despite the 3-0 series defeat to the Springboks.

France have now lost five of their eight Tests this year while Noves has won seven matches and lost 11 in 18 matches at the helm.

However, Laporte has thrown his weight behind Noves to continue in his role as coach of the national team.

"Guy Noves has my support but I cannot accept that we are now ranked as the eighth best rugby nation in the world," Laporte told Le Parisien.

"Our objective must now be clear, to win three of our four tests in November."

Les Bleus will face South Africa, Japan and New Zealand in November, but this time on home soil. 

Meanwhile, Laporte believes the fact that the series took place at the end of a long Top 14 season may have something to do with the national team's below-par performances.

"We are at the end of our season and there was a difference in the physical condition and freshness," said Laporte.

"We will leave with the suitcases full of points we need to work on, but it is obvious the players need a holiday.

"But we will look at the positive elements and I don't think the gap is too big.

"I think that in November, with the work we did here in South Africa, that we will progress a little bit."

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