France v New Zealand, Stade Velodrome, November 28
France and All Blacks tinker with sides
November 25, 2009

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.

New Zealand have made three changes. Jerome Kaino replaces Adam Thomson at blindside, Neemia Tialata replaces Owen Franks at tight-head and Cory Jane is restored on the wing ahead of Zac Guildford. The All Blacks are looking for a clean sweep of their tour after wins over Wales, Italy and England and face their sternest test against a France side fresh from a victory over South Africa.

Kaino slots in to the back-row alongside skipper Richie McCaw and No.8 Kieran Read, while the lock combination is unchanged as Tom Donnelly and Brad Thorn are again handed starts. Franks drops to the bench to allow Tialata to start alongside Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock.

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

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata, Brad Thorn, Tom Donnelly, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read

Replacements: Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Anthony Boric, Tanerau Latimer, Andy Ellis, Stephen Donald, Luke McAlister


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