23 Nov 2009

France make four changes for All Blacks Test

6:14 am on 23 November 2009

There are four changes to the French rigby squad to face New Zealand in Sunday's test in Marseille.

Fresh from thumping Samoa 43-5 yesterday the French have shuffled their pack withhooker William Servat back in the group in place of Guilhem Guirado.

Second rower Lionel Nallet also returns with Pascal Pape missing out.

Flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, who missed the 20-13 win over South Africa in Toulouse through injury, is back, getting the nod ahead of Alexandre Lapandry.

And centre Maxime Mermoz, who injured his right leg against the Springboks, returns to contention at the expense of Yann David.

France will be without loose forwards Imanol Harinordoquy - injured against South Africa - and Louis Picamoles, who missed the stroll against Samoa with knee injuries.

Buoyed by their wins in the past fortnight the French can also look back to a morale-boosting 27-22 win over the All Blacks in Dunedin last June before going down 10-14 a week later in Wellington, though they still took the Gallaher trophy owing to aggregate scores.

French squad:

Forwards: Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Francais), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), William Servat (Stade Toulousain), Romain Millo-Chluski (Stade Toulousain), Sebastien Chabal (Racing-Metro), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro), Thierry Dusautoir (Stade Toulousain, capt), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Julien Puricelli (Bayonne)

Backs (10): Julien Dupuy (Stade Francais), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Franois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Yannick Jauzion (Stade Toulousain), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), David Marty (Perpignan), Vincent Clerc (Stade Toulousain), Benjamin Fall (Bayonne), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Maxime Medard (Stade Toulousain)