France make five changes to side

Date published: June 13 2018

France head coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes in personnel to his starting line-up that will take on New Zealand in Wellington.

On the back of a first Test defeat, boss Brunel calls in Benjamin Fall and Gael Fickou to his backline for Maxime Médard and Remy Grosso.

Up front there’s a start at lock for Bernard le Roux while Mathieu Babillot and Kélian Galletier come in as France’s flankers this weekend.

Kelian Gourdon has been moved to number eight for the match while Morgan Parra and Anthony Belleau continue as the half-back duo.

On France’s replacements bench for the Westpac Stadium clash there are spots for hooker Pierre Bourgarit and prop Cedate Gomes Sa.

France: 15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (c), 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Kelian Gourdon, 7 Kélian Galletier, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Bernard le Roux, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Maxime Médard

Date: Saturday, June 16
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

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