France cut squad for Australia but keep experience

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has named a squad for next Saturday’s Test match against Australia which is filled with experience but has also been cut back from his provisional squad of 33.

France are currently ranked in fifth place and want to improve their position with a view to being among the seeded teams at the next Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Saint-Andre preferred Yannick Nyanga at flanker to the promising Pierrick Gunther, who has played well for Toulon this season but is uncapped.

However, Saint-Andre did retain 23-year-old scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud, who impressed on his test debut against Argentina in June, scoring a try.

Toulouse winger Yoann Huget is also included, but teammate center Gael Fickou misses out as Saint-Andre keeps faith with Wesley Fofana.

After facing Australia at Stade de France, Saint-Andre’s team then plays Argentina and Samoa.



Thomas Domingo, Yannick Forestier, Benjamin Kayser, Dimitri Szarzewski, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape, Jocelino Suta, Damien Chouly, Yannick Nyanga, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles.


Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Frederic Michalak, Francois Trinh-Duc, Vincent Clerc, Brice Dulin, Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Yoann Huget, Maxime Mermoz.

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