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France v Samoa, November 24
France retain Fall ahead of Samoa Test
ESPN Staff
November 21, 2012
Racing Metro's Benjamin Fall touches down, Bourgoin v Racing Metro, Top 14, Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France, March 5, 2011
Benjamin Fall could feature against Samoa © Getty Images
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France boss Philippe Saint-Andre has included Racing Metro flyer Benjamin Fall in the 24-man squad for their match with Samoa on Saturday.

France are going into the match on the back of two impressive wins over Australia and Argentina but will be coming up against the unpredictable quantity of Samoa who beat Wales last Friday. And with doubts surrounding the fitness of Brice Dulin, Fall has been retained by France.

But while Fall has remained with the Test squad, Perpignan lock Sebastien Vahaamahina, Toulon flanker Pierrick Gunther and Toulouse centre Gael Fickou were sent back to their club side but Saint-Andre was pleased with their impact in training as they filled in for some sidelined players.

"It allowed us to have the right working conditions and to prepare well for the next match despite the absent players," said Saint-Andre. "For these young players who are discovering the France team, it's good to be part of the group. They learn about the team and life in the group."

Their opponents Samoa are currently monitoring the fitness of fullback Paul Williams, Dan Leo and Faatoina Autagavaia who all missed training on Tuesday.

France squad:
Forwards (13): Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Yannick Forestier (Castres), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing-Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse)


Back (11): Maxime Machenaud (Racing Metro), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Frederic Michalak (Toulon), Franxois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Brice Dulin (Castres), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Benjamin Fall (Racing Metro)

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