Biarritz back row boost France
21 Jun 2006
Bernard Laporte has turned to French domestic champions Biarritz for Saturday’s one-off test against the Springboks in Cape Town.
Laporte has picked the Biarritz 6,7,8 and 9 axis and included Biarritz centre Damien Traille at flyhalf in an experiment designed to give the French back division more physicality at flyhalf.
He has the option of introducing Thomas Castaignede should the experiment not work.
Laporte, who rested several players following a demanding domestic and European season, has relied on the strength of the Toulouse back division, the form of the Biarritz loose-forwards and the power of the Stade Francais front row in finalising his starting XV.
The exception is are Perpignan fullback Laharrague, with the rest of the team coming from Toulouse, Biarritz and Stade.
Laporte has also picked a five forwards to two backs subs bench to counter the physical Bok pack.
France to play Boks:Laharrague (Perpignan), Clerc (Stade Toulousain), Fritz (Stade Toulousain), Jauzion (Stade Toulousain), Heymans (Stade Toulousain), Traille (Biarritz), Yachvili (Biarritz), Dusautoir (Biarritz), Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Betsen (Biarritz), Thion (Biarritz), Pelous (Stade Toulousain, capt), De Villiers (Stade Francais), Szarzewski (Stade Francais) and Marconnet (Stade Francais). Subs: Ibanez (Wasps), Debaty (Perpignan), Nallet (Castres), Bonnaire (Bourgoin), Martin (Stade Francais), Mignoni (Clermont) and Castaignede (Saracens)