The versatile Morgan Parra has been named as one of just three changes for France ahead of Saturday’s Test against Samoa.
It appears as if France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken note following Samoa’s shock win against Wales last Friday. Wales made wholesale changes ahead of that particular clash, and were made to pay a heavy price.
Saint-Andre has opted to make minimal changes. Parra will replace scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud, while Thomas Domingo and Benjamin Kayser are introduced in the front row.
France – 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Vincent Clerc, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé (c), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Subs: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Yannick Forestier, 18 Vince Debaty, 19 Jocelino Suta, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget.