France penpix for World Cup semi-final

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11 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - Penpix of starting France XV for World Cup semi-final game against England at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday:

11 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - Penpix of starting France XV for World Cup semi-final game against England at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday:

Damien Traille: Utility back is drafted in for his second Test match at full-back after his siege boot kicking played a large role in pinning New Zealand back in France's victorious quarter-final.

Vincent Clerc: The dimunitive winger was man-of-the-match in the 20-18 win over the All Blacks, an effervescent spirit much stronger than he appears.

David Marty: He has made the No 13 his own after Traille's move to full-back and has impressed with his upbeat attacking approach to games.

Yannick Jauzion: The tower of strength in the French backline made a slow start to the tournament but is now established as the lynchpin for both defence and attack.

Cedric Heymans: Preferred over veteran Christophe Dominici for his good kicking game, the Toulouse winger will look to replicate his form against New Zealand in the England game.

Lionel Beauxis: The third-choice outside-half at the start of the tournament has become a fixture, again favoured over the more mercurial Frederic Michalak for his kicking game.

Jean-Baptiste Elissalde: The Toulouse scrum-half has beaten off all competition for the No 9 shirt, bossing his forwards well, proving an integral key for his backs and is also a proven goal kicker.

Julien Bonnaire: Simply outstanding in the pool games, the No 8 has stepped up a gear since arriving for the World Cup and will be vying for the tournament's stand-out performer in the position.

Thierry Dusautoir: Initially overlooked for the 30-man squad, the openside was called up as a replacement to the injured Elvis Vermeulen, and has proved himself with a number of very good showings, notably making 38 tackles against the All Blacks.

Serge Betsen: Knocked out after five minutes against New Zealand, the battle-hardened blindside is a pivotal figure for the team, strong in defence, a good runner and increasingly a figure of authority.

*sidebar1*Jerome Thion: The unsung lock does his fair share of donkey work around the park and has a great pair of hands, although he tends to be underused in the line-out.

Fabien Pelous: The lock and former captain is France's most-capped player and he has battled his way back from injury and loss of form to deservedly cement his World Cup spot from fans' favourite Sebastien Chabal.

Pieter de Villiers: The South African-born tighthead prop will face a titanic battle against England's Andy Sheridan, but should be up to the task.

Raphael Ibanez: The captain will line up against a handful of team-mates from English club Waps, and will take a prine role in the fight for supremacy in the front-fives.

Olivier Milloud: The little-lauded prop will be up against England captain Phil Vickery but should be totally capable of holding up his end of the front row.

Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Sebastien Chabal, Imanol Harinordoquy, Frederic Michalak, Clement Poitrenaud, Christophe Dominici


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