France unchanged for semi-final
October 11, 2011
France skipper Thierry Dusautoir led France to victory over England in the quarter-finals © Getty Images
France coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged side to face Wales in the World Cup semi-final on Saturday.
The same 22 that beat England in the quarter final will take on Wales at Eden Park in Auckland with Morgan Parra and Dimitiri Yachvili again lining up at half-back, despite the second-half appearance of fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc.
Alexis Palisson retains his place on the left wing after a strong performance against England, and he again lines up alongside Maxime Medard and Vincent Clerc, both of whom scored tries against England, in France's back three.
Imanol Harinordoquy again packs down at No.8, alongside flankers Julien Bonnaire and captain Thierry Dusautoir, after an impressive display in the quarter final.
France: Maxime Medard; Vincent Clerc, Aurélien 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
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