Doussain, Traille make France bench
October 20, 2011
Damien Traille has been named on the bench for France © Getty Images
France coach Marc Lievremont has again named uncapped Toulouse halfback Jean-Marc Doussain among the replacements for Sunday's Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand in Auckland.
Lievremont earlier in the week confirmed an unchanged starting XV from the one that defeated Wales 9-8 in last weekend's semi-final, but opted to mull over his options as far as the make-up of the bench was concerned.
Joining Doussain in the 22 are Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc and Biarritz veteran Damien Traille, who replaces Cedric Heymans.
The forward options remain the same, with Dimitri Szarzewski and Fabien Barcella covering the front-row and Julien Pierre the second. Montpellier flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo completes the set.
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 (capt), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Fabien Barcella, Julien Pierre, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Jean-Marc Doussain, Francois Trinh-Duc, Damien Traille
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