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Team News: France unchanged for Wales semi-final

Team News: France unchanged for Wales semi
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Marc Lievremont names an unchanged squad to face Wales in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

France coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged starting XV and bench to face Wales in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

Lievremont is confident that the team that beat England 19-12 in the quarter-finals can put on a similar display against Wales, with Morgan Parra once again named as fly-half over Francois Trinh-Duc.

Dimitri Yachvili is named in the starting selection, but will rest an injured thigh until Thursday.

"We have to be capable of imposing our own style of rugby," Lievremont said after the squad announcement.

"Wales have been playing with great intelligence. I have been impressed by their spirit and they have been playing world-class rugby."

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

Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Fabien Barcella, Julien Pierre, Louis Picamoles, Francois Trinh-Duc, David Marty, Cedric Heymans, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Jean-Marc Doussain

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