Anthony Belleau to make debut for France against New Zealand

Mathieu Bastareaud has been recalled by France
Mathieu Bastareaud has been recalled by France
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Inexperienced half-back pair Anthony Belleau and Antoine Dupont have been named in the starting line-up of France for their upcoming autumn international clash against New Zealand scheduled to be played at Stade de France on Saturday.

Belleau will make his debut for the French side while his half-back partner Dupont has featured in just three Tests previously while there has been a recall for Mathieu Bastareaud, who returns to the national fold after a gap of two years.

La Rochelle centre Geoffrey Doumayrou is set to win his first international cap along with second-row Paul Gabrillagues (Stade Francais) and flanker Judicael Cancoriet (Clermont).

Following the game on Saturday, Guy Noves' men will once again face the All Blacks on Tuesday before taking on South Africa and Japan.

France line up to face New Zealand:

Nans Ducuing, Teddy Thomas, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Mathieu Bastareaud, Yoann Huget, Anthony Belleau, Antoine Dupont, Louis Picamoles, Kevin Gourdon, Judicael Cancoriet, Paul Gabrillagues, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Jefferson Poirot

Replacements: Clement Maynadier, Raphael Chaume, Daniel Kotze, Paul Jedrasiak, Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Francois Trinh-Duc, Damian Penaud

 

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