France look to Parra, Talès

2013-11-07 12:31
Morgan Parra (AFP)

Paris - Scrumhalf Morgan Parra and flyhalf Remi Talès will form a unique hinge at the centre of the France team as Philippe Saint-Andre named his side on Thursday for Saturday's one-off Test match against New Zealand in Paris.

The pairing will be the ninth different combination tried out by Saint-Andre since the 2012 Six Nations tournament, as he bids to achieve his first win at the helm against the world champions.

Clermont's Parra was rested during France's June tour of New Zealand but the 24-year-old, who has 51 caps, returns as a points scorer.

Talès was preferred over Toulouse's Jean-Marc Doussain, who drops on to the bench after playing in the 24-9 loss to the the world champions in New Plymouth last June.

"It was Morgan's experience, with a lot of selections and his kicking ability which made the difference," explained Saint-Andre.

"Jean-Marc works extensively with the goal, he scored in New Zealand, but he is Toulouse's second or third scorer," said Saint-Andre, whose side lost 3-0 on their June tour of New Zealand.

Talès, who has two caps, made his international debut this summer after winning the French title with Castres. The 29-year-old played a few minutes in France's crushing 30-0 defeat in Christchurch.

Otherwise there were few surprises with Saint-André opting for continuity with Biarritz flank Wenceslas Lauret and Castres prop Yannick Forestier both returning after missing the June tour.

The 46-year-old Saint-Andre's record since he took over the job at the beginning of 2012 is a modest seven wins, two draws and nine defeats.

The All Blacks - who only beat the French 8-7 in the 2011 World Cup final - go into the game with a record in their last 30 Tests of 28 victories, one defeat and one draw.

After tackling the All Blacks in Stade de France, France next face Tonga in Le Havre on November 16 and South Africa in Stade de France on November 23.



15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Yannick Forestier.

Substitutes: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Antonie Claassen, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Gael Fickou

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ryan Crotty

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