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Lievremont goes back to rotation
November 19, 2009
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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.

Skipper Thierry Dusautoir was originally named among the replacements but was drafted in as kick-off neared due to an injury to Louis Picamoles. Dusautoir starts at openside, with Julien Bonnaire shifting to No.8.

Sylvain 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.

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.

Samoa captain George Stowers and wing Andy Tuilagi have both been ruled out by injury, meaning call-ups for Bath flanker Jonny Fa'amatuainu and Leicester powerhouse Alesana Tuilagi.

Toulouse prop Cencus Johnston starts alongside new skipper Mahonri Schwalger and loose-head Justin Va'a. Clermont's Gavin Williams will not get the opportunity to test himself against some familiar faces however as he has returned to France following the birth of his child.

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

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

Samoa: Lolo Lui; David Lemi, Henry Fa'afili, Seilala Mapusua, Alesana Tuilagi; Fa'atonu Fili, Junior Polu; Justin Va'a, Mahonri Schwalger, Cencus Johnston, Filipo Levi, Kane Thompson, Jonathan Fa'amatuainu, Ofisa Treviranus, Henry Tuilagi

Replacements: Andrew Williams, Jeremiah Fatialofa, Iosefa Tekori, Misioka Timoteo, Uale Mai, Fuimaolo-Sapolu, Titi Esau


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