Three changes as French look to get back on the rails
September 30, 1999
France have made three changes to the side defeated by Wales in August for their opening Pool C game against Canada at Berziers on Saturday.
Scrum half Pierre Mignoni, who scored a try as a replacement against the Welsh returns in place of Stephane Castaignede while in the pack there are recalls for Franc Tournaire, and Christophe Juillet.
Tournaire wins a recall ahead of new boy Pieter de Villiers while Julliett returns after playing two tests on the south pacific tour in the summer.
"This is the team that is in form," said manager Joe Maso.
Surprisingly second row Olivier Brouzet is included amongst the replacements. The Begles Bordeaux player has been troubled by a back injury for some time and was unable to finish training on Tuesday because of the injury. They have also named two props amongst the replacements, as reserve hooker Marc Dal Maso continues to struggle with a knee injury.
The game against Canada will give the French the opportunity to restate their credentials as a potential cup semi finalist. The French, who have had a wretched year, will see the game against the Canadians as an opportunity to restate their credentials as potential cup semi finalists. After finishing bottom of the Five Nations championship they had an indifferent summer loosing to Tonga, New Zealand and Wales in the lead up to this competition.
French team UMola (Castres); X Garbajosa (Stade Toulousain), R Dourthe (Dax), S Glas (Bourgoin), C Dominici (Stade Francais); T Castaignede (Castres), P Mignoni (Toulon):O Magne (Montferrand), C Juillet (Stade Francais), M Lievrement (Stade Francais); F Pelous (Stade Toulousain); A Benazzi (Agen); F Tournaire (Stade Toulousain), R Ibanez (Perpignan, capt), C Califano (Stade Toulousain).
Replacements: E Ntamack (Stade Toulousain), C Lamaison (Brive), S Castaignede (Mont-de-Marsan), L Mallier (Brive), O Brouzet (Begles-Bordeaux), C Soulette (Stade Toulousain), P de Villiers (Stade Francais).