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France make wholesale changes

20th June 2013 08:55

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France number ten Remi Tales

Fly-half: Remi Talès

France have made eight changes to their starting XV that will face the All Blacks in New Plymouth on Saturday, with Remi Talès named at fly-half.

Castres ten Talès comes in for the injured Fred Michalak to form a new half-back combination alongside Jean Marc-Doussain, who starts in place of the benched Maxime Machenaud.

Brice Dulin gets a start at full-back while Marc Andreu is on the right wing, with the rest of the backs remaining the same from last week's loss.

Head coach Philippe Saint Andre has also made alterations to his pack with Antoine Claassen replacing the injured Louis Picamoles in a back-row that includes flanker Damien Chouly.

Alexandre Flanquart comes in for Christophe Samson at lock while Benjamin Kayser takes over the hooking role in place of Dimitri Szarzewski.

France, who are 2-0 down in the series, will be looking to avoid a whitewash against the All Blacks at Yarrow Stadium this weekend.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Marc Andreu, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Remi Talès, 9 Jean-Marc Doussain, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Damien Chouly, 6 Theirry Dusautoir, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Bernard Le Roux, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.

Date: Saturday, June 22
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Donal Courtney

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