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Three new caps included by France who change 14 from last outing

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images)

Fabien Galthie has named a France team to play Scotland this Saturday that contains 14 changes from their last outing in March.

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The French wrapped up their Guinness Six Nations campaign 20 weeks ago with a 41-28 Paris win over Wales and ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup that they are hosting, they have unveiled a much-changed XV for their opening Summer Nations Series match.

Only the left wing Ethan Dumortier is retained from the side that secured a second-place championship finish behind Ireland in a revamped selection that includes three new caps, blindside Paul Boudehent, midfielder Emilien Gailleton and right winger Louis Bielle-Biarrey.

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The team announcement on Thursday came the day after it emerged that Romain Taofifenua, a starter at second row versus the Welsh, has injured his hamstring and won’t play before France confirm their 33-strong squad on August 21 for the World Cup.

The lock has joined flanker Francois Cros, another starter last March, on the sidelines. Cros has been rehabbing an adductor injury since last week.

France will take on a Scotland team this Saturday that contains 13 changes from their 25-13 home win last Saturday over Italy.

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GrandDisse 349 days ago

Scotland will play with their main side. They should get a comfortable win unless France B plays well as a cohesive unit.

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Paul 349 days ago

France by 10

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Turlough 4 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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