France change three for All Black quarter final

Morgan Parra starts for France against New Zealand

France Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made four changes to the team that lost to Ireland for this weekend’s Rugby World Cup quarter final against New Zealand.

The match is Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Sunday and the last time the team’s met at the venue in a Rugby World Cup was in 2007 when France knocked the All Blacks out of the cup.

Saint-Andre has named Morgan Parra to start ahead of discarded scrum-half Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Mathieu Bastareaud and Damien Chouly have been dropped to the bench.

South African-born Rory Kockott is named on the bench as replacement scrumhalf.


Scott Spedding; Noa Nakaitaci, Alexandre Dumoulin, Wesley Fofana, Brice Dulin; Frederic Michalak, Morgan Parra; Louis Picamoles, Bernard Le Roux, Thierry Dusautoir (capt); Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape; Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado, Eddy Ben Arous

Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Damien Chouly, Yannick Nyanga, Rory Kockott, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud

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