New Zealand v France, Rugby World Cup Final, October 23
France name unchanged line-up
ESPNscrum Staff
October 18, 2011
France head coach Marc Lievremont awaits his next question, France press conference, Rugby World Cup, Auckland, New Zealand, October 16, 2011
Marc Lievremont has seen no reason to make changes for this weekend's clash with the All Blacks © Getty Images

As expected, France head coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged starting line-up for Sunday's Rugby World Cup final showdown with New Zealand at Eden Park.

Les Bleus only barely scraped past Wales in their semi-final clash in Auckland on Saturday - despite having played against 14 men for over an hour following the dismissal of Sam Warburton - but Lievremont resisted the temptation to tinker with his side.

"It was quite clear for me to name the same 15. A simple decision," he said. However, he has decided against revealing the make-up of his bench. "There are still some players slightly injured who didn't train yesterday, so I will name replacements later," he said.

France: Maxime Medard; Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Maxime Mermoz, Alexis Palisson; Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili; Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, Nicolas Mas; Pascal Pape, Lionel Nallet; Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy.

Replacements: TBC

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