Rugby

Parra back in France team to face All Blacks

2018-06-07 06:45
Morgan Parra (Gallo)

Auckland - Scrumhalf Morgan Parra is back in blue for the first time since the 2015 Rugby World Cup as France bank on experience for the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday.

Coach Jacques Brunel has named 10 players missing from this year's Six Nations tournament including Joann Maestri, Maxime Medard, Uini Atonio and Fabien Sanconnie.

Parra last appeared in the World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff which the All Blacks won 62-13.

Brunel, who took over as France coach late last year, had always been keen to include the 29-year-old Parra in his line-up, but the Clermont scrumhalf was troubled by a knee injury earlier in the year.

Parra will partner Anthony Belleau at halfback, while Medard slots in at fullback for his first Test since their tour of Argentina two years ago.

New Zealand-born tighthead prop Atonio and lock Maestri return after a year out of the Test limelight, while Sanconnie fills the loose forward gap created by the unavailability of the experienced Louis Picamoles.

Teams:

New Zealand

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tu'inukuake, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Ngani Laumape

France

15 Maxime Medard, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (captain), 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fabien Sanconnie, 7 Kelian Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso

Substitutes: 16 Adrien Pelissie, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Gael Fickou

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