25 Nov 2009

France make changes for All Blacks test

7:17 pm on 25 November 2009

France have made seven changes to the side that beat the Springboks earlier this month for Sunday morning's test against the All Blacks in Marseille.

Among the changes, coach Marc Lievremont has brought in to the centres Yannick Jauzion and Maxime Medard, and the lock Sebastian Chabal returns to the tight five along with the prop Sylvain Marconnet.

Lievremont wasn't interested in discussing the changes to a forward pack that had dominated South Africa in Toulouse, and he played down talk of France being favourites for the match.

France beat the All Blacks 27-22 in the first test in Dunedin last June.