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Rugby World Cup New Zealand v France: French revolution will halt All Blacks vows Saint-Andre

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/10/2015

France's scrum half Morgan Parra passes the ball during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
France's scrum half Morgan Parra passes the ball during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

Morgan Parra can spark a revolution among France's forwards tomorrow night to inflict a second quarter-final defeat on New Zealand in Cardiff in eight years, according to Philippe Saint-Andre.

France boss Saint-Andre defended dropping trusted half-back Sebastien Tillous-Borde in favour of Parra by accepting his pack need to be bossed about after last Sunday's feeble showing in 24-9 defeat to Ireland.

Les Bleus stunned New Zealand 20-18 in Cardiff in 2007, with Saint-Andre admitting only a return to classic French free-running rugby will afford the chance of a repeat.

Saint-Andre confirmed he had promoted Alexandre Dumoulin ahead of Mathieu Bastareaud into the centres as part of that bid to boost his side's front-foot fluency.

"If there's not an uprising for this match, you must change sport," said Saint-Andre.

"If we want to beat New Zealand, we will have to play the French way.

"We're getting ready for a massive battle.

"We know we'll have to improve our up-front game and take more individual initiatives.

"It hasn't been a mistake to back Tillous-Borde so far.

"But Parra is a very strong competitor, he's having a great World Cup and I've decided to start him because we all know his leadership qualities when it comes to the forwards.

"Alexandre Dumoulin is a player who is really very capable of keeping the ball alive."

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