France-All Blacks name squads for weekend face-off

France celebrate after scoring against Italy/ Photo Courtesy/France Rugby.

All Blacks team have named the team to play France for the Dave Gallaher Trophy in the final Test of their Tudor Northern Tour at Stade de France, Paris, on Saturday 20 November.

In several changes from the 23 which played last weekend, Dane Coles will start at hooker, with Samisoni Taukei’aho coming onto the bench; George Bower and Ofa Tuungafasi come in as reserve props; Akira Ioane starts at six and Sam Cane at seven; with Shannon Frizell coming onto the bench as loose forward cover.

In the backs, Aaron Smith starts at halfback, with Richie Mo’unga at ten.  Quinn Tupaea comes in at 12 to pair up with Rieko Ioane in the midfield, and George Bridge comes in on the left wing.  Brad Weber and Damian McKenzie come onto the bench, joining David Havili as the back reserves.

France head coach Fabien Galthie has made six changes to the starting XV that will face the New Zealanders at the Stade de France. 

France squad : 15.Melvyn Jaminet; 14. Damian Penaud, 13. Gael Fickou, 12. Jonathan Danty, 11. Gabin Villière; 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Antoine Dupont; 8. Gregory Alldritt, 7. Francois Cros, 6. Anthony Jelonch, 5. Paul Willemse, 4. Cameron Woki, 3. Uini Antonio, 2. Peato Mauvaka 1. Cyril Baille.

REPLACEMENTS: 16. Gaëtan Barlot, 17. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Thibaud Flament, 20. Dylan Cretin, 21. Maxime Lucu, 23. Mathieu Jailbert

All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Quinn Tupaea, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.

Reserves: Samisoni Taukei’aho, George Bower, Ofa Tuungafasi, Tupou Vaa’i, Shannon Frizell, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, David Havili.

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