Bastareaud back as France pick four uncapped players

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:08
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Mathieu Bastareaud returned to the starting XV after a two-year absence as France coach Guy Noves picked four uncapped players to face New Zealand in Paris on Saturday.

Flyhalf Anthony Belleau, 21, will make his debut alongside scrumhalf Antoine Dupont, 20 and with just three caps, in one of the youngest ever halfback partnerships for Les Bleus.

Back row Judicael Cancoriet, 21, and lock Paul Gabrillagues, 24, will also make their debuts, alongside Bastareaud's centre partner Geoffrey Doumayrou, 28.

The 29-year-old Bastareaud's last France appearance was in October 2015 in the humiliating 13-62 World Cup quarterfinal thrashing at the hands of New Zealand.

France: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Remplacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Raphael Chaume, 16 Daniel Kotze, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Damian Penaud

Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 20.45 (19.45 GMT; 08.45 NZ Time, Sunday, November 12)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Tom Foley (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

Agence France-Presse