France recall Parra for Samoa
November 22, 2012
Morgan Parra is back at scrum-half for France © Getty Images
France have recalled scrum-half Morgan Parra ahead of their Test with Samoa at the Stade de France on Saturday.
The Clermont Auvergne half-back comes back into the side in place of Maxime Machenaud who drops to the bench. And Parra's inclusion is one of three changes from the side that defeated Argentina last weekend in Lille.
Both of the other tweaks come in the front row with hooker Benjamin Kayser and loose-head Thomas Domingo starting at the expense of Dimitri Szarzewski and Yannick Forestier. And like Machenaud, the pair drop to the bench.
Brice Dulin, Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Maxime Mermoz, Vincent Clerc, Frederic Michalak, Morgan Parra, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Papé, Yoann Maestri, Yannick Nyanga, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Yannick Forestier, Vincent Debaty, Jocelino Suta, Damien Chouly, Maxime Machenaud, Francois Trinh-Duc, Yoann Huget
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