Michalak dropped for All Black quarter-final
3 October 2007, CARDIFF (AFP) - Frederic Michalak was left out of the France starting team announced by coach Bernard Laporte to play New Zealand in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final here at the Millennium Stadium.
3 October 2007
CARDIFF (AFP) - Frederic Michalak was left out of the France starting team announced by coach Bernard Laporte to play New Zealand in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final here at the Millennium Stadium.
The gifted but erratic fly-half's place was taken Wednesday by the steadier, if less spectacular, Lionel Beauxis, who has been capped just nine times by France and who scored 24 points against Georgia in Marseille on September 30.
Michalak was left on the bench where he was joined by back-row forward and fans' favourite Sebastien Chabal.
Elsewhere behind the scrum Damien Traille was given a first start at full-back in preference to Clement Poitrenaud now amongst the replacements.
Former captain Fabien Pelous, France's most-capped player with 116 Test appearances behind him and one of the survivors in the French squad from the team that stunningly beat New Zealand 43-31 in the 1999 World Cup semi-final at Twickenham, was chosen ahead of Lionel Nallet to play alongside Jerome Thion in the second row.
Vincent Clerc and Cedric Heymans were chosen on the wings ahead of 1999 hero Christophe Dominici and Aurelien Rougerie.
France, who have never won the World Cup, head into this weekend's match looking to end a run of seven straight defeats against the All Blacks.
New Zealand, this year's overwhelming favourites who announced their team on Tuesday, are chasing their second global title after winning the inaugural World Cup on home soil in 1987.
France team to play New Zealand in a World Cup quarter-final here at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Damien Traille; Vincent Clerc, David Marty, Yannick Jauzion; Cedric Heymans; Lionel Beauxis, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir, Serge Betsen; Jerome Thion, Fabien Pelous; Pieter de Villiers, Raphael Ibanez (capt), Olivier Milloud
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Sebastien Chabal, Imanol Harinordoquy, Frederic Michalak, Christophe Dominici, Clement Poitrenaud
Subject: French news