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Ntamack back at fly-half for France against All Blacks

Ntamack back at fly-half for France against All Blacks

Romain Ntamack

France have made five changes to their team to take on New Zealand at the Stade de France as Romain Ntamack moves back to fly-half with Jonathan Danty coming into the centres.

Ntamack takes the reins in the No.10 jersey, with Matthieu Jalibert dropping to the bench as Fabien Galthié decides against the dual playmaker combination for a third successive Test.

Elsewhere Peato Mauvaka comes in for the injured Julien Marchand, having scored three tries off the bench over the last two Tests.

Sekou Macalou’s injury also means a spot opens up in the back row, with François Cros returning to the starting line-up, having also started in the win against Argentina in France’s first game of the Autumn Nations Series.

The other two changes from the team that beat Georgia see the return of Paul Willemse in the second row and Gabin Villière on the wing.

There are also changes on the bench with Gaëtan Barlot getting his first opportunity of the Autumn Nations Series as the back-up hooker, while Romain Taofifenua is among the replacements after dropping out of the starting line-up to make room for Willemse.

In a six-two bench split, Dylan Cretin will be the back-row cover, while Maxime Lucu, who made his debut against Georgia, and Jalibert will cover the three-quarters.

Les Bleus will look to make it three wins from three on Saturday but have not beaten New Zealand since 2009, with their last win over the All Blacks in France coming back in 2000.

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France team to take on New Zealand

France: 15. Melvyn Jaminet, 14. Damian Penaud, 13. Gaël Fickou, 12. Jonathan Danty, 11. Gabin Villière, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Antoine Dupont (c), 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Peato Mauvaka, 3. Uini Atonio, 4. Cameron Woki, 5. Paul Willemse, 6. François Cros, 7. Anthony Jelonch, 8. Grégory Alldritt

Replacements: 16. Gaëtan Barlot, 17. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Romain Taofifenua, 20. Thibaud Flament, 21. Dylan Cretin, 22. Maxime Lucu, 23. Matthieu Jalibert


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