France v New Zealand, Stade Velodrome, November 28
Lievremont calls on Traille and Chabal
November 24, 2009
France fullback Maxime Medard fields questions from the media during a press conference in Marcoussis, France, November 17, 2009
Maxime Medard starts on the wing for France © Getty Images

Marc Lievremont has made seven changes from the side that defeated Samoa last weekend for the visit of New Zealand to the Stade Velodrome on Saturday.

The France coach has been wrestling with several injury problems after back-rowers Imanol Harinordoquy and Louis Picamoles were joined on the treatment table by Perpignan centre Maxime Mermoz and Bayonne wing Benjamin Fall.

Veteran Toulouse centre Yannick Jauzion starts at No.12 alongside David Marty with the halfback combo of Julien Dupuy and Francois Trinh-Duc returning to action after starting together against South Africa.

Julien Bonnaire and Fulgence Ouedraogo are called in to the back-row alongside skipper Thierry Dusautoir while Sebastien Chabal has done enough to keep his Racing Metro team-mate Lionel Nallet out of the second-row.

Damien Traille is restored at fullback as the versatile Maxime Medard joins his Toulouse team-mate Vincent Clerc on the wing. Their fellow Toulouse flyer Cedric Heymans gets a place on the bench after missing the original squad.

Lievremont is expecting a titanic struggle between the sides but vows to meet the All Blacks head-on.

"This team has regained its position as world number one and all its qualities in the game," Lievremont said. "(Richie) McCaw and (Dan) Carter are back to their best level. They are full of confidence and it will be very complicated for us.

"We are concerned in all sectors. We will raise the level of intensity, intelligence and organisation. We found very few flaws in this New Zealand team. They have an excellent defence that have conceded very few points. We will put in an outstanding game against them."

France: Damien Traille; Vincent Clerc, David Marty, Yannick Jauzion, Maxime Medard; Francois Trinh Duc, Julien Dupuy; Fabien Barcella, William Servat, Sylvain Marconnet, Sebastien Chabal, Romain Millo Chluski, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Fulgence Ouedraogo, Julien Bonnaire

Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Lionel Nallet, Julien Puricelli, Morgan Parra, Yann David, Cedric Heymans


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