Laporte makes seven changes

France head coach Bernard Laporte has made seven changes for his side’s clash with New Zealand in Paris on Saturday.

France head coach Bernard Laporte has made seven changes for his side’s clash with New Zealand in Paris on Saturday.

Following the 47-3 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks last weekend, Agen full-back Pepito Elhorga, who was drafted into the squad earlier this week, has been brought in to replace Julien Laharrague.

Biarritz’s Serge Betsen, also called up this week, will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Veteran hooker Raphael Ibanez has been handed the captain’s role in the absence of the injured Fabien Pelous.

Team: Elhorga; Rougerie, Fritz, Jauzion, Heymans; Traille, Elissalde; Martin, Vermeulen, Bonnaire; Pape, Nallet; De Villiers, Ibanez (capt), Milloud. Replacements: Szarzewski, Marconnet, Jacquet, Betsen, Yachvili, Marty, Dominici.

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