France v Samoa, Stade de France, November 21
Fall and Lapandry to debut for France
November 17, 2009
Bayonne's Bejamin Falls scores a try against Stade Francais, Bayonne v Stade Francais, Top 14, Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastien, Spain, August 21, 2009
Benjamin Fall will debut against Samoa © Getty Images

France coach Marc Lievremont has rotated his squad for their showdown with Samoa at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Following his side's superb victory over South Africa in Toulouse on Friday Lievremont has made 12 changes, including handing debuts to Bayonne wing Benjamin Fall and exciting Clermont flanker Alexandre Lapandry.

Veteran prop Sylvain Marconnet will captain the side, with regular skipper Thierry Dusautoir named among the replacements. Marconnet starts in an all-new front-row alongside Dimitri Szarzewski and Thomas Domingo while the lock combination sees Pascal Pape and Sebastien Chabal drafted in.

Louis Picamoles is the sole survivor of the pack that bettered the Boks and starts at No.8, with Lapandry in at blindside and Julien Bonnaire wearing No.7.

Francois Trinh-Duc again starts at fly-half alongside Morgan Parra. A new centre-pairing sees the vastly experienced Yannick Jauzion joined by David Marty. Vincent Clerc shifts wings to accommodate Fall and Maxime Medard returns at fullback in place of Damien Traille.

France: Maxime Medard; Benjamin Fall, David Marty, Yannick Jauzion, Vincent Clerc; Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, Dimitri Szarzewski, Sylvain Marconnet (capt), Sebastien Chabal, Pascal Pape, Alexandre Lapandry, Julien Bonnaire, Louis Picamoles

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado, Nicolas Mas, Romain Millo-Chluski, Thierry Dusautoir, Julien Dupuy, Damien Traille, Yann David, Fabien Barcella


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