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Lievremont wheels out big guns

France coach Marc Lievremont has named a powerful line-up for Les Bleus' World Cup Pool A opener against Japan in Auckland on Saturday.

The side includes injury-plagued prop Fabien Barcella, while scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili gains an immediate chance to impress, with Morgan Parra on bench duty.

There are six starting survivors from the team that beat Ireland 26-22 in Dublin during last month's World Cup warm-up series.

Team: C Heymans; V Clerc, A Rougerie, F Estebanez, M Medard; F Trinh-Duc, D Yachvili; F Barcella, W Servat, N Mas, J Pierre, L Nallet, T Dusautoir (capt), I Harinordoquy, R Lakafia.

Replacements: D Szarzewski, J-B Poux, P Pape, J Bonnaire, M Parra, D Skrela, D Marty.

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