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Three changes for France

Morgan Parra will continue at fly-half in a France side showing three changes to take on Tonga in their final World Cup Pool A clash in Wellington on Saturday.

Les Bleus are seeking to make certain of second place in the group behind New Zealand, who beat them 37-17 last Saturday, and head coach Marc Lievremont has resisted widespread changes.

Hooker William Servat and number eight Raphael Lakafia return to the starting line-up, with Alexis Palisson set to make his World Cup debut on the left wing.

Parra's selection at fly-half, rather than his usual scrum-half, provoked much debate for the All Blacks clash, but he remains in the number 10 jersey this weekend.

Dimitri Szarzewski drops to the bench to make way for Servat but Louis Picamoles and Damien Traille are out of the 22 altogether after starting last Saturday's match. Maxime Medard is to move from wing to full-back to accommodate Palisson.

Team: M Medard, V Clerc, A Rougerie, M Mermoz, A Palisson, M Parra, D Yachvili; JB Poux, W Servat, L Ducalcon, P Pape, L Nallet, T Dusautoir (capt), J Bonnaire, R Lakafia.

Replacements: D Szarzewski, F Barcella, J Pierre, I Harinordoquy, F Trinh-Duc, F Estebanez, C Heymans.


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