France penpix for World Cup semi-final
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.
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
Subject: French news