France name unchanged line-up
October 18, 2011
Marc Lievremont has seen no reason to make changes for this weekend's clash with the All Blacks © Getty Images
As expected, France head coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged starting line-up for Sunday's Rugby World Cup final showdown with New Zealand at Eden Park.
Les Bleus only barely scraped past Wales in their semi-final clash in Auckland on Saturday - despite having played against 14 men for over an hour following the dismissal of Sam Warburton - but Lievremont resisted the temptation to tinker with his side.
"It was quite clear for me to name the same 15. A simple decision," he said. However, he has decided against revealing the make-up of his bench. "There are still some players slightly injured who didn't train yesterday, so I will name replacements later," he said.
France: Maxime Medard; Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Maxime Mermoz, Alexis Palisson; Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili; Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, Nicolas Mas; Pascal Pape, Lionel Nallet; Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy.
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