France name strong team to face England in World Cup warm-up

France lost 19-14 to England last weekend in a World Cup warm-up
France lost 19-14 to England last weekend in a World Cup warm-up
France v England
Venue: Stade de France Date: Saturday 22 August Kick-off: 20:00 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:50 BST, highlights on BBC One from 23:40 BST

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made 12 changes to his team to face England in Paris on Saturday.

The line-up will be much stronger than the side which played in the 19-14 defeat at Twickenham last weekend.

Lock Pascal Pape, 34, captains the side in the absence of injured Thierry Dusautoir while fly-half Frederic Michalak also starts.

Centres Mathieu Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana are also named in the starting XV for the World Cup warm-up.

England have also named a strong side for the game.

French team to face England
Scott Spedding (Bayonne); Yoann Huget (Toulouse); Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon) ; Wesley Fofana (Clermont); Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont); Frederic Michalak (Toulon); Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon); Louis Picamoles (Toulouse); Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro); Damien Chouly (Clermont); Yoann Maestri (Toulouse); Pascal Pape (Stade Français); Rabah Slimani (Stade Français); Guilhem Guirado (Toulon); Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro).
Replacements: Benjamin Kayser (Clermont); Vincent Debaty (Clermont); Uini Atonio (La Rochelle); Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais); Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse); Rory Kockott (Castres); Remi Tales (Castres) Gael Fickou (Toulouse).

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