Parra starts as Bastareaud dropped

Date published: October 15 2015

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Morgan Parra will start for France in their World Cup quarter-final clash with New Zealand after being preferred to Sébastien Tillous-Borde at scrum-half.

Four years ago Parra started the World Cup final at fly-half, but lasted just 20 minutes before being forced off after catching a knee to the head from Richie McCaw.

On Saturday starts in the more familiar scrum-half position at the Millennium Stadium as Philippe Saint-André tries to turn things around following a heavy defeat to Ireland in Cardiff.

Saint-André has made three changes in total, with Mathieu Bastareaud also dropped, replaced by Alexandre Dumoulin in the centres.

Finally Damien Chouly drops to the bench with Bernard le Roux coming into the back row, where France really struggled against the Irish.

Les Bleus have not beaten New Zealand since 2009, but came desperately close in the last World Cup final, while eight years ago they stunned the All Blacks at the same ground at the same stage.

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Alexandre Dumoulin, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Brice Dulin, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Rémi Talès, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud

Date: Saturday, October 17
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 20:00 local 
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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