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France promise show of strength

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has picked a strong pack that is close to first choice in the hope of outmuscling England once again in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match in Paris.

Les Bleus lost 19-14 at Twickenham last weekend yet still left an impression on Stuart Lancaster's side, particularly in the final quarter.

They fell just short with a late drive when substitute prop Uini Atonio dropped the ball with the whitewash seemingly at his mercy and Saint-Andre wants greater accuracy against what is a near full-strength Red Rose pack.

Louis Picamoles, France's most destructive player at Twickenham, keeps his place at number eight while lock Pascal Pape captains the side.

"When you play the English, if you do not won the collisions then it starts to get complicated. We know that we need to be strong in our impact and defensively," Saint-Andre said.

"We also worked a lot on capitalising on our line breaks because at Twickenham last Saturday we managed seve but lacked patience with the final pass."


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