18 Jun 2009

France make three changes for second Test in Wellington

12:37 pm on 18 June 2009

France have made three changes for the second Test against the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.

They've included in their starting 15 two players from the champion Perpignan club, the prop Nicolas Mas and centre Maxime Mermoz.

Sebastian Chabal will start at lock.

Mas and Chabal replace Sylvain Marconnet and Pascal Pape, while centre Mermoz replaces Mathieu Bastareaud.

Coach Marc Lievremont says the changes will add some freshness to the line-up, and he was impressed with the form of the Perpignan pair in the just completed French club championship.