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France select first-choice centres

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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