France make 12 changes for England WC warm up

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has named a team with 12 changes to the side
that lost to England on Saturday for this week’s Rugby World Cup warm up at
the Stade de France.

England beat France 19-14 and Saint-Andre has made the changes so that he can
see his players perform before he cuts his squad from 36 to 31 on Sunday.

Notably, he has linked up Frederic Michalak with Sebastien Tillous-Borde at
half-back, giving both Toulon veterans a chance to state their claims for World
Cup squad slots.

“They are used to playing together and I expect them to get the team playing
just as well as Morgan (Parra) and Francois (Trinh Duc) did last week,”
said Sant-Andre.

“Saturday’s match will be even more intense than last week.”

Also brought back into the starting line-up are first choice centres Mathieu
Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana, who take over from Rémi Lamerat and Alexandre
Dumoulin, who both struggled against the English.

Scott Spedding stays on at full-back with Yoann Huget and Noa Nakaitaci completing
the back three.

Thierry Dusautoir is rested after sustaining a knee injury and is replaced
as skipper by lock Pascal Pape, who is back to full fitness after a thigh strain.


Scott Spedding; Yoann Huget, Mathieu Bastareaud, Wesley Fofana, Noa Nakaitaci;
Frederic Michalak, Sebastien Tillous-Borde; Louis Picamoles, Bernard Le Roux,
Damien Chouly; Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape (capt); Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado,
Eddy Ben Arous

Replacements: Benjamin Kayser, Vincent Debaty, Uini Atonio, Alexandre Flanquart,
Yannick Nyanga, Rory Kockott, Remi Tales, Gael Fickou.

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