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Team News: France largely unchanged for England clash

Team News: France largely unchanged for England clash
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France make two changes ahead of their quarter-final clash with England.

France have made just two changes to the team that was beaten 14-19 by Tonga ahead of their quarter-final clash with England at Eden Park on Saturday.

Tight-head prop Nicolas Mas returns to the pack after recovering from a hamstring strain, while number eight Imanol Harinordoquy is promoted off the bench to replace Raphael Lakafia.

Scrum-half Morgan Parra remains a makeshift fly-half, with specialist Francois Trinh-Duc on the bench.

Outside centre Aurelien Rougerie is included despite dislocating his shoulder during the Tonga match, but a final decision on his participation will be made on Thursday.

France: Maxime Medard, Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Maxime Mermoz, Alexis Palisson, Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili, Imanol Harinordoquy, Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Lionel Nallet, Pascal Pape, Nicolas Mas, William Servat, Jean-Baptiste Poux.

Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Fabien Barcella, Julien Pierre, Louis Picamoles, Francois Trinh-Duc, David Marty, Cedric Heymans.

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