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France select first-choice centres

Published 20/08/2015

Wesley Fofana has been named in France's starting XV to face England on Saturday
Wesley Fofana has been named in France's starting XV to face England on Saturday

France have selected first-choice centre pairing Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud for Saturday's World Cup warm-up match against England in Paris.

Fofana and Bastareaud, who will line up opposite Luther Burrell and Jonathan Joseph, feature outside the Toulon half-back pairing of Seb Tillous-Borde and Freddie Michalak.

Louis Picamoles, France's most destructive player in their 19-14 defeat at Twickenham last Saturday, continues at number eight while lock Pascal Pape captains the side.

France: S Spedding; Y Huget, M Bastareaud, W Fofana, N Nakaitaci; F Michalak, S Tillous-Borde; E B Arous, G Guirado, R Slimani, P Papé (capt), Y Maestri, D Chouly, B le Roux, L Picamoles.

Replacements: B Kayser, V Debaty, U Atonio, A Flanquart, Y Nyanga, R Kockott, R Tales, G Fickou.

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