Unchanged France to face England

France have named an unchanged team for the World Cup semi-final against England in Paris on Saturday.

France have named an unchanged team for the World Cup semi-final against England in Paris on Saturday.

Les Bleus have gone with the same 22 that defeated New Zealand 20-18 in last weekend’s quarter-final in Cardiff.

Frederic Michalak was unable to displace Lionel Beauxis at fly-half, despite turning the game when he came on as a second-half substitute against the All Blacks.

Damien Traille, a centre by trade, keeps his place at full-back, while Serge Betsen and Olivier Milloud have recovered from knocks sustained last weekend to start against the world champions.

France team to play England in Saturday's World Cup semi-final in Paris:

D Traille; V Clerc, D Marty, Y Jauzion, C Heymans; L Beauxis, J-B Elissalde; O Milloud, R Ibanez (capt), P de Villiers, F Pelous, J Thion, S Betsen, T Dusautoir, J Bonnaire.

Replacements: J-B Poux, D Szarzewski, S Chabal, I Harinordoquy, F Michalak, C Dominici, C Poitrenaud.

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