France name XV to face Boks

 Nov 21,2013
Written by: Editor

France have named their team to face South Africa on Saturday with just one change to the starting XV that played the All Blacks a fortnight ago.

For the first time, coach Philippe Saint-André has retained his half-backs pairing for three consecutive Tests as Rémi Talès and Morgan Parra continue to lead the French attack.

Having rested a handful of players for last week's clash with Tonga, Saint-André reverts to the starting side that pushed New Zealand close, with the exception of Sofiane Guitoune, who wins his second cap on the wing in the place of Maxime Medard.

There are however a number of changes to the bench with prop Thomas Domingo, loose forward Yannick Nyanga, playmaker Frédéric Michalak and big centre Mathieu Bastareaud added.

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France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Sofiane Guitoune, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20  Yannick Nyanga, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Frédéric Michalak, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud

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Date: Saturday, November 23
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 20:00 Local (18:00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Iain Ramage (Scotland)


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