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Chabal back for Les Bleus

Sebastien Chabal has been recalled to the France XV for Saturday's Test against Argentina in Montpellier.

Chabal, who was on the bench for the weekend win over Fiji, comes in at number eight with Imanol Harinordoquy, who skippered the side in Nantes, having to settle for a place among the replacements.

"We want to see Sebastien Chabal start at number eight," said coach Marc Lievremont. "Relative to how we played against Fiji, we can do better."

Captain Thierry Dusautoir, centre Yannick Jauzion, prop Nicolas Mas, lock Lionel Nallet and flanker Julien Bonnaire all return, as does regular hooker William Servat, who was ruled out of last week's game through a groin injury.

France team: Alexis Palisson; Yoann Huget, Aurelien Rougerie, Yannick Jauzion, Marc Andreu; Damien Traille, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Julien Pierre, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Julien Bonnaire, Sebastien Chabal.

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado, Luc Ducalcon, Jerome Thion, Imanol Harinordoquy, Dimitri Yachvili, Fabrice Estebanez, Jerome Porical.


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