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New caps for France against Fiji

Bapiste Pace 09/11/2010 11:21:37 PM Comments (0)

France coach Marc Lievremont gave first caps to centre Fabrice Estebanez and prop Jerome Schuster in naming his side to play Fiji in Nantes on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Estebanez, a former rugby league international, has been a squad member several times but this will be his first match appearance for his country.

Schuster is involved in the international scene for the first time and the 25-year-old will line up in the front row with team-mate Guilhem Guirado, who takes over at hooker from the injured Dimitri Szarzewski and William Servat.

The other prop slot goes to Luc Ducalcon of Castres who gets a first start in a Test match having previously played in a friendly against Argentina "A" this summer.

Biarritz veteran Damien Traille gets another run at five-eighth, the first time this has happened since Lievremont took over as coach in 2008 and he will link up at halfback with club team-mate Dimitri Yashvili.

Another Biarritz stalwart, Imanol Harinordoquy, will link up with them at No.8 and he will also take over as captain from Thierry Dusautoir who is rested ahead of the two other Tests against Argentina and Australia.

Julien Arias of Stade Francais wins his second cap, but his first appearance in the starting lineup, on the wing, while Maxime Medard of Toulouse is back after an injury-hit year on the other wing.

Jerome Porical of Perpignan is retained at fullback after playing well in Argentina during the summer tour while Sebastien Chabal is on the bench once again.

"We wanted to put together a solid team with several objectives in mind," said Lievremont.

"Firstly to win the match and if possible with style, secondly to blood younger players with more experienced ones to help them and finally to make sure that we do not overplay some players."

The France team announced on Tuesday to play Fiji in a rugby union Test match in Nantes on Saturday:-

Jerome Porical, Julien Arias, David Marty, Fabrice Estebanez, Maxime Medard, Damien Traille, Dimitri Yashvili, Imanol Harinordoquy (capt), Alexandre Lapandry, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Jerome Thion, Romain Millo-Chluski, Luc Ducalcon, Guilhem Guirado, Jerome Schuster. Res: Benjamin Noirot, Thomas Domingo, Julien Pierre, Sebastien Chabal, Morgan Parra, David Skrela, Alexis Palisson.

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