Paris - France coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Thursday made 12 changes to his
starting line-up for the second of two Rugby World Cup warm-up games against
England at the Stade de France on Saturday.
The French lost 19-14
to Stuart Lancaster's men at Twickenham last Saturday and Saint-Andre is
keen to cast an eye over all of his players before cutting back his
squad from 36 to 31 on Sunday.
Notably, he has linked up Frederic
Michalak with Sebastien Tillous-Borde at half-back, giving both Toulon
veterans a chance to state their claims for World Cup squad slots.
are used to playing together and I expect them to get the team playing
just as well as Morgan (Parra) and Francois (Trinh Duc) did last week,"
"Saturday's match will be even more intense than last week."
brought back into the starting line-up are first choice centres Mathieu
Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana, who take over from Remi Lamerat and
Alexandre Dumoulin, who both struggled against the English.
Scott Spedding stays on at fullback with Yoann Huget and Noa Nakaitaci completing the back three.
Dusautoir is rested after sustaining a knee injury and is replaced as
skipper by lock Pascal Pape, who is back to full fitness after a thigh
15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Substitutes: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Gael Fickou