Marcoussis - France have stuck with Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Camille Lopez as
their halfback pairing for the third time in a row after months of
tinkering as they seek a November hat-trick of wins against Argentina on
The pair, who played well in a 40-15 rout of Fiji and
in Saturday's 29-26 defeat of Australia, will start together again at
the Stade de France at the expense of Castres team mates Rory Kockott
and Remi Tales.
After naming the same starting XV against Fiji and Australia, France manager Philippe Saint-Andre this time made four changes.
Mermoz replaces Alexandre Dumoulin at centre in the only back row
change, while three changes were made among the forwards who are
expected to be seriously tested by Argentina.
Vahaamahina will start at the expense of Yoann Maestri, while Benjamin
Kayser and Xavier Chiocci, who will start for the first time, replace
hooker Guilhem Guirado and prop Alexandre Menini respectively.
Tillous-Borde and flyhalf Lopez were Saint-Andre's 13th halfback
pairing to start for France since he took over from Marc Lievremont
after the 2010 World Cup.
15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Wesley
Fofana, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde,
8 Damien Chouly, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain),
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin
Kayser, 1 Xavier Chiocci
Substitutes (Eight to be chosen from the following 11):
Menini, Uini Atonio, Guilhem Guirado, Yoann Maestri, Alexandre
Flanquart, Yannick Nyanga, Rory Kockott, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud,
Maxime Medard, Benjamin Fall.