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Dusautoir back in France team
03 Sep 2015 14:02
Captain Thierry Dusautoir returns to the France team after recovering from a knee injury to lead Les Bleus against Scotland in their final World Cup warm-up game at the Stade de France on Saturday. Coach Philippe Saint Andre has made only two changes to the team which beat England on 22 August with flanker Dusautoir taking back his place from Bernard Le Roux after a two-game lay-off and Alexandre Flanquart replacing Yoann Maestri in the second row. Saint-Andre otherwise has kept faith in Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Frederic Michalak for the scrum-half and out-half positions after the pair produced convincing performances in the 25-20 defeat of England. The powerful Louis Picamoles retains his starting spot at number eight too after making a very good impression against England. France will start their World Cup campaign on 19 September against Italy after being drawn in Pool D with the Azzurri, Canada, Romania, and Ireland. "This team may look like the one who is going to start against Italy," Saint-Andre told a news conference. "I will take into account Saturday's collective performance, the level of form and the little injuries."
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France: Scott Spedding, Yoann Huget, Mathieu Bastareaud, Wesley Fofana, Noa Nakaitaci, Frederic Michalak, Sebastien Tillous Borde, Louis Picamoles, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir, Alexandre Flanquart, Pascal Pape, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado, Eddy Ben Arous. Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Bernard Le Roux, Yannick Nyanga, Morgan Parra, Remi Tales, Alexandre Dumoulin.
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