Wesley Fofana starts in the 12 shirt, with Alexandre Dumoulin outside him. Colm O'Neill/INPHO
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South Africa native Spedding one of three debutants for France

Philippe Saint-André has gone for the 13th half-back pairing of his reign as head coach.

SOUTH AFRICA-BORN full-back Scott Spedding will make his debut for France in Les Bleus’ Test match against Fiji in Marseille on Saturday.

The 28-year-old, who joined Bayonne from Brive in 2012, was brought into the squad on Wednesday for the November Test series by coach Philippe Saint-Andre following an injury to first-choice number 15 Brice Dulin.

With Maxime Médard also struggling for fitness with a groin injury, the door has suddenly opened for Spedding to earn his first cap.

There are also debuts for two Racing Metro backs – Alexandre Dumoulin in the centre and Teddy Thomas on the wing. Both players have been in impressive form for the Parisian club in the Top 14.

Saint-Andre has gone for a new partnership at half-back in the shape of Sebastien Tillous-Borde of Toulon and Camille Lopez of Clermont, his 13th pairing in the pivotal playmaking positions since taking over in 2012.

Thierry Dusautoir is retained as captain in a back row also containing South Africa native Bernard Le Roux and Damien Chouly.

France team to play Fiji on Saturday:

15. Scott Spedding
14. Yoann Huget
13. Alexandre Dumoulin
12. Wesley Fofana
11. Teddy Thomas
10. Camille Lopez
9. Sebastien Tillous-Borde

1. Alexandre Menini
2. Guilhem Guirado
3. Nicolas Mas
4. Pascal Pape
5. Yoann Maestri
6. Thierry Dusautoir (capt.)
7. Bernard Le Roux
8. Damien Chouly

Replacements from:

Benjamin Kayser, Uini Atonio, Xavier Chiocci, Alexandre Flanquart, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Charles Ollivon, Rory Kockott, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Maxime Mermoz

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