Lopez to start at 10 for France

Date published: November 24 2016

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France head coach Guy Novès has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with New Zealand in Paris.

In the back-line, Camille Lopez comes in at fly-half for Jean-Marc Doussain who wore the number 10 jersey in les Bleus' narrow 25-23 defeat to Australia last weekend.

Lopez will form a halfback partnership with Maxime Machenaud, who will line up at scrum-half in his third consecutive Test after also starting against Australia and Samoa. 

Out wide, Brice Dulin replaces Scott Spedding at full-back. This will be Dulin's first start for France since their 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to the All Blacks.

The final change is in the forwards, where Xavier Chiocci takes over from Cyril Baille at loosehead prop.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Rémi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Charles Ollivon, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sébastian Vahaamahina, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Xavier Chiocci
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Gaël Fickou

Date: Saturday, November 26
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 21:00 local (20:00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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