France team named for second test against Australia

franceThierry Dusautoir returns to captain a France team that shows an incredible ten changes to the side that went down so meekly against Australia in the first test.

The only survivors from the first test are Yoann Huget, Wesley Fofana, Damien Chouly, Yoann Maestri and Guilhem Guirado. Players involved in the French Top 14 final are welcomed back into the team, including fly half Rémi Talès who displaces Freddie Michalak.

Toulon’s Alexandre Menini is included in the front row, while Morgan Parra gets the chance to start at half-back and the giant Mathieu Bastareaud replaces Gael Fickou, who drops out of the squad altogether. Louis Picamoles returns to the bench.

France team to play Australia:
15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Rémi Talès , 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini.

Replacements: 16 Brice Mach, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Bernard le Roux, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Antoine Burban, 22 Frédéric Michalak, 23 Remi Lamerat.

Date: Saturday, June 21
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Kick-off: 20:00 local (10:00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

6 thoughts on “France team named for second test against Australia

  1. That’s much more like it… I doubt Australia will put 50 on that side (unless their performance is again devoid of passion, of course).

  2. Well he had to do something radical didn’t he.

    Am I right in thinking that they have 3 back-rowers on the bench?

    The backs suddenly look quite potent again don’t they?

    1. You are indeed! They did a similar thing against us in the 6N, a 6:2 forwards:backs split on the bench.

    2. Yes, 3 back-rowers. But the intent is that Bernard Le Roux can play as a lock (or flanker as his usual position), Picamoles at number 8, and Burban at flanker).
      The 6:2 is made possible by the fact there is polyvalence in the backs (Huget and Médard can play wing or fullback, Fofana can play on the wing, Michalak and Parra can play 9 or 10), Laporte used to do this a lot, and Saint-André did a few times during 6Nations.

  3. Thanks. I think I am correct in recalling that when he went 6:2 in the 6 Nations, it was to include a second Lock on the bench. Having none at all, seems a little unusual – even if Le Roux can play there.

  4. I hope this is a better match than last Sat. Nothing worse than seeing a team not bothered/trying.

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