Wesley Fofana (Gallo)
Croydon - France star centre Wesley Fofana will start their second Pool D game
against Romania on Wednesday after missing the opening 32-10 win over
Italy because of a groin injury.
The 27-year-old Clermont ace is
one of 13 changes to the starting XV against Italy. No 8 Louis Picamoles
and Fiji-born wing Noa Nakatici are the two survivors.
Dimitri Szarzewski captains the side which also features a halfback
pairing of Remi Tales at fly-half and experienced scrum-half Morgan
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said he was looking for a
good all round performance and not 15 players seeking to press their
"Wednesday's match is very important for the team performance," said Saint-Andre.
"I don't want 15 players just playing for themselves."
who steps down after the campaign is over following an underwhelming
reign since the 2011 World Cup, said that despite Romania's lowly world
ranking, France would not take victory for granted.
Roman are 17th in the world rankings, 10 places below France.
"We can beat anybody but we must not let our guard down against any side, including Romania."
and Ireland top the Pool after winning their first games - the Irish
whipping Canada 50-5 - with their likely table-topping decider the
final pool game in Cardiff on October 11.
France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Bernard le Roux, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski (captain), 1 Vincent Debaty
Substitutes: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Yoann Maestri, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Frédéric Michalak, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud
Romania: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Paula Kinikinilau, 12 Florin Vlaicu, 11 Adrian Apostol, 10 Danut Dumbrava, 9 Florin Surugiu, 8 Mihai Macovei (captain), 7 Viorel Lucaci, 6 Valentin Ursache, 5 Johannes van Heerden, 4 Valentin Poparlan, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Otar Turashvili, 1 Mihaita Lazar
Substitutes: 16 Andrei Radoi, 17 Andrei Ursache, 18 Horatiu Pungea, 19 Ovidiu Tonita, 20 Stelian Burcea, 21 Valentin Calafeteanu, 22 Ionut Botezatu, 23 Csaba Gal