Les Bleus unchanged for final

France coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged team for Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand in Auckland.

France coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged team for Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand in Auckland.

Lievremont retains the team that edged out Wales 9-8 in a controversial semi-final at Eden Park five days ago.

Wales had captain Sam Warburton sent off after just 18 minutes, but Les Bleus struggled to make their one-man advantage count and were indebted to fly-half Morgan Parra’s goalkicking for their victory.

Lievremont will confirm the composition of his replacements’ bench later this week.

Team: M Medard; V Clerc, A Rougerie, M Mermoz, A Palisson; M Parra, D Yachvili; J-B Poux, W Servat, N Mas, P Pape, L Nallett, T Dusautoir (capt), J Bonnaire, I Harinordoquy.

Replacements: to be confirmed.

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