French coach Marc Lievremont has kept faith with the same fifteen that beat Wales, for Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand in Auckland.
The Blues only just held out to defeat the Welsh 9-8 in their semi-final meeting at Eden Park last weekend. Wales played most of the match with only fourteen men and were unlucky not to win the game. The French will need to step up on that performance if they are to have any chance of toppling the odds on favourites this Sunday.
Lievremont has yet to name his replacements but these are likely to be finalised over the coming days. It appears as if the coach has finally settled on his best team, as it is the first time in 45 test matches that he has named the same fifteen for three games in succession.
French team v New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final, Sunday 23 October, Auckland, kick-off 9am:
15 M Medard 14 V Clerc 13 A Rougerie 12 M Mermoz 11 A Palisson 10 M Parra 9 D Yachvili 1 J-B Poux 2 W Servat 3 N Mas 4 P Pape 5 L Nallett 6 T Dusautoir (capt) 7 J Bonnaire 8 I Harinordoquy.