Camille Lopez will make his Test debut at fly-half for France in Saturday's opening June Test against New Zealand at Eden Park.
Bordeaux-BÃ¨gles fly-half Camille Lopez will make his Test debut for France in Saturday's opening June Test against New Zealand at Eden Park.
Coach Philippe Saint-AndrÃ© has also handed Perpignan wing Adrien PlantÃ© his first international start while on the other wing Maxime MÃ©dard returns to win his 33rd cap, almost four years to the day since scoring the winning try in Dunedin – the last time France beat in the All Blacks in New Zealand.
Les Bleus will have a fresh faced half-back pairing as Racing Metro scrum-half Maxime Machenaud joins Lopez in the starting XV. Both are just 24.
21-year-old lock SÃ©bastien Vahaamahina starts in the second-row while Luc Ducalcon is at tighthead prop in the absence of stalwart Nicolas Mas, who is still recovering from injury.
South African-born Clermont prop Daniel Kotze and young Stade FranÃ§ais lock Alexandre Flanquart could also make their debuts off the bench.
Toulon playmaker FrÃ©dÃ©ric Michalak features amongst the replacements along with club team-mate Maxime Mermoz following their late arrival due to the Top 14 Final.
France: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Akexandre Flanquart, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Maxime Mermoz.
Date: Saturday, June 8
Venue: Eden Park, Aukland
Kick-off: 19.35 07.35 (GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)