Maxime Medard backs up against Blues
June 10, 2013
Maxime Medard backs up from the first Test © Getty Images
Medard, who started on the left wing in France's 23-13 defeat in the first Gallaher Cup Test at Eden Park in Auckland, will play at fullback against the Blues. Yannick Nyanga, who played 44 minutes of the Test after replacing injured flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, has also been included. Ouedraogo, 26, is out of the rest of the tour of New Zealand with an ankle injury, and his replacement in the squad, Clermont's Damien Chouly, is named among the reserves. Test starters Camille Lopez and lock Sebastien Vahaamahina have also been named on the bench.
Centre Gael Fickou has recovered from a shoulder injury to take his place in a side that features four players from French club champions Castres.
Veteran prop Nicolas Mas has shaken a knee injury to play, while coach Philippe Saint-Andre has also given starts to hooker Guilhem Guirado, lock Alexandre Flanquart, half-back Jean Marc Doussain and centre Maxime Mermoz, who all came off the bench in the Test defeat.
Blues: Marty McKenzie; Frank Halai, Malakai Fekitoa, Jackson Willison, George Moala; Baden Kerr, Jamison Gibson-Park; Peter Saili, Brendon O'Connor, Kane Barrett; Culum Retallick, Anthony Boric; Ofa Tu'ungafasi, James Parsons (captain), Sam Prattley. Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Angus Ta'avao, Liaki Moli, Ronald Raaymakers, Sean Polwart, Chris Noakes, Tevita Li, Wayne Ngaluafe.
France: Maxime Medard; Noa Nakaitaci, Gael Fickou, Maxime Mermoz, Marc Andreu; Remi Tales, Jean Marc Doussain; Antonie Claassen, Bernard le Roux, Yannick Nyanga; Alexandre Flanquart, Christophe Samson; Nicolas Mas, Guilhem Guirado, Eddy Ben Arous. Replacements: Benjamin Kayser, Vincent Debaty, Daniel Kotze, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Damien Chouly, Frederic Michalak, Camille Lopez, Brice Dulin.
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