Rugby: Nine changes for France against Georgia

27th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2007, MARCOUSSIS (AFP) - France named nine changes to their starting line-up on Thursday for the side to take on Georgia in their final World Cup Group D match at Marseille on Sunday.

27 September 2007

MARCOUSSIS (AFP) - France named nine changes to their starting line-up on Thursday for the side to take on Georgia in their final World Cup Group D match at Marseille on Sunday.

Coach Bernard Laporte

The French have yet to completely assure their qualification for the last eight, but are considered near certain winners over the Georgians while group leaders Argentina are favoured to top Ireland in their final match.

Coach Bernard Laporte made four changes to his pack and five to the backs from the side that revived French hopes with a crucial 25-3 victory over Ireland in Paris last Friday.

In for his first World Cup match comes hooker Sebastien Bruno with Jean-Baptiste Poux beside him at prop. Lock Lionel Nallet comes back at lock in place of Sebastien Chabal, while Yannick Nyanga joins Serge Betsen and Julien Bonnaire in the back row.

Betsen captains the side in the absence of hooker Raphael Ibanez.

There are callups for three veterans who paid the price of the traumatic 12-17 opening match loss to Argentina on September 7.

Yannick Jauzion joins David Marty at centre, while Christophe Dominici and Aurelien Rougerie return on the wings.

The half-back pairing also changes with Pierre Mignoni at scrum-half and Lionel Beauxis at flyhalf.

France (15-1)

Clement Poitrenaud; Aurelien Rougerie, David Marty, Yannick Jauzion, Christophe Dominici; Lionel Beauxis, Pierre Mignoni; Yannick Nyanga, Julien Bonnaire, Serge Betsen (capt); Jerome Thion, Lionel Nallet; Jean-Baptiste Poux, Sebastien Bruno, Olivier Milloud

Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Fabien Pelous, Remy Martin, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, David Skrela, Vincent Clerc

AFP

Subject: French news

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