Betsen and Elhorga get France call

France have drafted flanker Serge Betsen and full-back Pepito Elhorga into their squad for next weekend’s second Test against New Zealand in Paris.

France have drafted flanker Serge Betsen and full-back Pepito Elhorga into their squad for next weekend’s second Test against New Zealand in Paris.

Les Bleus head coach Bernard Laporte has opted against making mass changes to his squad, despite the 47-3 thrashing by the All Blacks in Lyon yesterday.

Biarritz’s Betsen is recalled in place of Thierry Dusautoir, while Agen’s Elhorga comes in instead of Julien Laharrague.

Captain Fabien Pelous is a doubt for the game with a rib injury.

France squad:

Backs: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse), Dimitri Yachvili, Damien Traille (both Biarritz), Florian Fritz, Yannick Jauzion (both Toulouse), David Marty (Perpignan), Christophe Dominici (Stade Francais), Cedric Heymans (Toulouse), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), Pepito Elhorga (Agen).

Forwards: Pieter De Villiers, Sylvain Marconnet (both Stade Francais), Olivier Milloud (Bourgoin), Raphael Ibanez (Wasps), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Pascal Pape (Castres), Fabien Pelous (Toulouse), Lionel Nallet (Castres), Julien Bonnaire (Bourgoin), Serge Betsen (Biarritz), Remy Martin (Stade Francais), Elvis Vermeulen (Clermont Auvergne).

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