France ring the changes

Date published: June 23 2016

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France head coach Guy Novès has rung the changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's Test against Argentina in Tucumán.

In all there are seven changes to the run-on side which suffered a 30-19 defeat to los Pumas at the same venue last weekend. 

Amongst the backs, Maxime Médard comes in at full-back for Hugo Bonneval while Gaël Fickou takes over from Julien Rey at outside centre and Rémi Lamerat replaces Jonathan Danty at inside centre.

Another change in the back-line sees François Trinh-Duc starting at fly-half with Jules Plisson dropping down to the bench. With Plisson out of the run-on side, Yoann Maestri, who is preffered to William Demotte at lock, takes over the captaincy.

The final changes are amongst the loose forwards where Louis Picamoles takes over at number eight from Kevin Gourdon, who moves to openside flank where he replaces Raphaël Lakafia.

France: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Xavier Mignot, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Loann Goujon, 5 Yoann Maestri (c), 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Rémi Bonfils, 1 Jefferson Poirot 
Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Lucas Pointud, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Kélian Galletier, 21 Sébastien Bézy, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Julien Rey

Date: Saturday, June 25
Venue: Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán
Kick-off: 15:10 local (18:10 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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