France calls back in-form Marsh for Wallaby clash

9th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

MARCOUSSIS, France, Nov 9 (AFP) - France's New Zealand-born centre Tony Marsh was one of six changes from the side that beat England to clinch the Six Nations Grand Slam selected here on Tuesday for the one-off rugby union test with Australia at the Stade de France on Saturday.

MARCOUSSIS, France, Nov 9 (AFP) - France's New Zealand-born centre Tony Marsh was one of six changes from the side that beat England to clinch the Six Nations Grand Slam selected here on Tuesday for the one-off rugby union test with Australia at the Stade de France on Saturday.

The Clermont star replaces Toulouse's Yannick Jauzion, who was recently named the French team's player of the year but must make do with a place on the replacements' bench.

However the management team of coach Bernard Laporte and manager Jo Maso were at pains to point out that everyone in the 22 would probably get a start during the three autumn tests - the other two being against Argentina and New Zealand.

"Our attitude is that all the 22 are capable of starting the match and those that do not here will likely do so in the other tests," said Maso.

"For instance with Damien Traille and Tony Marsh in the centre we opted for them because of Damien's kicking qualities and Tony has been playing very well for his club," he added.

Olivier Milloud comes in at prop instead of the South African-born Pieter de Villiers, who has a groin injury.

Toulouse winger Cedric Heymans wins another chance to impress coach Bernard Laporte and manager Jo Maso, as they build a squad they think capable of evolving into winning the 2007 World Cup on home soil, in place of veteran Christophe Dominici, who is on the bench.

The Toulouse halfback partnership of scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde - who will do the place kicking and wins his eighth cap - and Frederic Michalak (winning his 23rd) are reunited after the former missed the England clash because of an injury suffered in the victory over Wales.

Dimitri Yachvili, who replaced Elissalde against England, is badly out of form and was not selected in the 22.

The other two missing from the starting line-up are Bourgoin lock Pascal Pape, who drops to the replacements' bench and is replaced by Jerome Thion, while Pepito Elhorga is injured and his place is taken by Aurelien Rougerie.

Team : Nicolas Brusque (Biarritz); Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Tony Marsh (Clermont), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Cedric Heymans (Toulouse); Frederic Michalak (Toulouse), Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse); Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Olivier Magne (Clermont), Serge Betsen (Biarritz); Jerome Thion (Biarritz), Fabien Pelous (Toulouse, capt); Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Francais), William Servat (Toulouse), Olivier Milloud (Stade Francais) Replacements: Sebastien Bruno (Sale/ENG), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Pascal Pape (Bourgoin), Julien Bonnaire (Bourgoin), Julien Peyrelongue (Biarritz), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Christophe Dominici (Stade Francais)

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