WELLINGTON – France have selected SA-born lock Bernard le Roux in their side to face New Zealand in the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.
France coach Jacques Brunel said he was upset with his flankers' performance in the loss to New Zealand last week and has dumped both of them for the second Test.
Brunel singled out that area as a weakness in the 52-11 first Test defeat in Auckland and responded by making sweeping changes.
"We are upset with the flankers in the first Test and that is the reason why I have made the changes," Brunel said.
Le Roux will start at lock, recalled to national team to add to his 30 caps.
Lock Paul Gabrillagues, considered unlucky to be shown a yellow card, is on the reserves bench.
The France team is:
15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (captain), 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Kelian Gourdon, 7 Kélian Galletier, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Bernard le Roux, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso.
Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Maxime Médard.
African News Agency (ANA)