Traille in final mix

Marc Lievremont has named the French bench for Sunday’s World Cup final at Eden Park.

Lievremont announced his starting XV on Wednesday, putting his faith in the same combinations that prevailed over Wales in the semi-final. The France coach did, however, delay the naming of the substitutes until Friday.

Damien Traille is brought onto the bench for the tournament decider in place of Cedric Heymans. Traille started at fullback when France and the All Blacks met earlier in the competition, but was pulled from the field at half-time. He hasn’t featured in the starting XV since.

France – 15. Maxime Médard, 14. Vincent Clerc, 13. Aurélien Rougerie, 12. Maxime Mermoz, 11. Alexis Palisson, 10. Morgan Parra, 9. Dimitri Yachvili, 8. Imanol Harinordoquy, 7. Julien Bonnaire, 6. Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5. Lionel Nallet, 4. Pascal Pape, 3. Nicolas Mas, 2. William Servat, 1. Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Subs: 16. Dimitri Szarzewski, 17. Fabien Barcella, 18. Julien Pierre, 19. Fulgence Ouedraogo, 20. Jean-Marc Doussain, 21. François Trinh-Duc, 22. Damien Traille