Debuts for France duo
November 9, 2010
Imanol Harinordoquy will lead France against Fiji on Saturday © Getty Images
France have named two new caps in an experimental side to face Fiji in Nantes on Saturday.
Prop Jerome Schuster and centre Fabrice Estebanez will make their debuts for Marc Lievremont's side, while prop Luc Ducalcon, winger Julien Arias and fullback Jerome Porical will make their second appearances for Les Blues.
Inspirational No.8 Imanol Harinordoquy will captain the side in the absence of regular skipper Thierry Dusautoir. Damien Traille makes a surprise start at fly-half alongside his Biarritz colleague Dimitri Yachvili, who is preferred at scrum-half to Morgan Parra.
The Clermont Auvergne scrum-half, who started all France's games in the last Six Nations, will start the game on the bench along with Racing Metro No.8 Sebastien Chabal.
France lost the services of William Servat, Pascal Pape and Jonathan Wisniewski due to injury in the build-up to the game, but Lievremont has nonetheless named a number of surprise selections in his inexperienced side.
France team to face Fiji:
J Porical (Perpignan), J Arias (Stade Francais), D Marty (Perpignan), F Estebanez (Brive), M Medard (Toulouse), D Traille (Biarritz), D Yachvili (Biarritz), J Schuster (Perpignan), G Guirado (Perpignan), L Ducalcon (Castres), J Thion (Biarritz), R Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), A Lapandry (Clermont), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz)
Replacements: B Noirot (Racing-Metro), N Mas (Perpignan), T Domingo (Clermont), J Pierre (Clermont), S Chabal (Racing-Metro), M Parra (Clermont), D Skrela (Toulouse), A Palisson (Brive)
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