Just the 13 changes for France ahead of Romania game

Louis Picamoles and Noah Nakataici are the only two survivors from the win over Italy.

Wesley Fofana returns to the France fold.
Wesley Fofana returns to the France fold.
Image: Francois Mori/AP/Press Association Images

PHILIPPE SAINT-ANDRÉ has named a much-changed starting XV as his side prepare to take on Romania just four days after their World Cup opener with Italy.

Only Louis Picamoles and Noah Nakataici retain their place in the team that recorded a comfortable 32-10 win over the Italians on Saturday.

Hooker Dimitri Szarzewski takes on the role of captain from Thierry Dusautoir while Bernard Le Roux — normally a flanker for Racing and France — will play in the second row.

Kick-off in the Olympic Stadium in London is at 8pm on Wednesday.


15. Brice Dulin
14. Sofiane Guitoune
13. Gaël Fickou
12. Wesley Fofana
11. Noa Nakaitaci
10. Rémi Talès
9. Morgan Parra

1. Vincent Debaty
2. Dimitri Szarzewski
3. Uini Atonio
4. Bernard Le Roux
5. Alexandre Flanquart
6. Yannick Nyanga
7. Fulgence Ouedraogo
8. Louis Picamoles

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16. Benjamin Kayser
17. Eddy Ben Arous
18. Nicolas Mas
19. Yoann Maestri
20. Damien Chouly
21. Rory Kockott
22. Frédéric Michalak
23. Mathieu Bastareaud

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