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Nyanga leads France against Blues

10th June 2013 12:02


Yannick Nyanga runs through a warm up drill

Leading les Bleus: Yannick Nyanga

France have made fourteen personnel changes to their starting XV for Tuesday's clash with Blues in Albany.

Toulouse back Maxime Médard is the only player to be retained form the side that lost 23-13 to the All Blacks over the weekend.

Médard shifts from wing to full-back in a back line that features Rémi Tales - a hero of Castres Top 14 Final victory over Toulon - starting at fly-half.

Toulouse flank Yannick Nyanga, who came off the bench on Saturday, will lead the team.

South African-born loose forwards Antonie Claassen and Bernard Le Roux join the skipper in the back row.

France: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Rémi Tales, 9 Jean-Marc Doussain, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga (c), 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Frédéric Michalak, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Brice Dulin.

Date: Tuesday, June 11
Venue: North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Kick-off: 19.05 (09.05 French Time; 07.05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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