Rugby

Slimani, Fall come into France line-up to face Fiji

2018-11-22 11:33
Rabah Slimani (Getty Images)

Paris - Prop Rabah Slimani and fullback Benjamin Fall have been named in France's starting line-up to face Fiji in Paris this weekend, the French Rugby Federation announced on Thursday.

Slimani takes Cedate Gomes Sa's place at tighthead and Fall comes in for the injured Maxime Medard at fullback for Saturday's Test at the Stade de France.

Coach Jacques Brunel explained at a press conference that Slimani, who will win his 50th cap for his country against the Pacific Islanders, deserves a starting berth based on his performances as a substitute in the two previous November Tests against South Africa and Argentina. 

"He's done well when he's come on. He's been solid at scrum-time and more active in open play as we had asked him to do," Brunel said.

"It (his) selection is to encourage him to make sure he keeps going in the same direction," he added.

Clermont front-rower Slimani's last international start came against England in March.

Medard suffered concussion in last Saturday's victory over the Pumas, which was Les Bleus' first win in more than eight months.

There are four new faces on the replacements bench including uncapped 20-year-old prop Demba Bamba and rookie hooker Julien Marchand.

Teams

France

15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Artur Iturria, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Yoan Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot

Substitutes: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Demba Bamba, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Kélian Galletier, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Geoffrey Doumayrou

Fiji

15 Metuisela Talebula, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Peceli Yato, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (captain), 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Sam Matavesi, 1 Campese Maafu

Substitutes: 16 Mesulame Dolokoto, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Kalivati Tawake, 19 Albert Tuisue, 20 Semi Kunatani, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22cAlivereti Veitokani, 23 Eroni Sau

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