France stick with winning formula
Like their opponents, France have named an unchanged side for the final against Australia on Saturday.
The French were troubled by injury worries earlier in the week, but full back Xavier Garbajosa (pictured) has been passed fit and will take his place in the explosive back line.
Coach Jean-Cladue Skrela will also be relieved to keep his back row intact with Christophe Juillet and Marc Lievremont also regaining full fitness.
Prop Franck Tournaire, who was cleared of an accusation of biting during the semi-final on Wednesday, remains in the side and will form a powerful front five full of experience.
France will be playing in their second World Cup final and will be hoping to wrestle the trophy from Southern Hemisphere hands for the first time.
"It was logical to stick with the team that gave us a dream," said France
manager Jo Maso.
"We have respect for the Australians given that we will be playing as
outsiders. We will go into the match with humility, but also with the pride of a team playing at this stage of the competition."
French Team: Xavier Garbajosa; Philippe Bernat-Salles, Richard Dourthe, Emile Ntamack, Christophe Dominici; Christophe Lamaison, Fabien Galthie; Christophe Juillet, Olivier Magne, Marc Lievremont, Fabien Pelous, Abdelatif Benazzi, Franck Tournaire, Raphael Ibanez (capt), Cedric Soulette
Replacements: Ugo Mola, Stephane Castaignede, Arnaud Costes, Pieter De
Villiers, Marc Dal Maso, Stephane Glas, Olivier Brouzet.