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Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 08:05 GMT


France stick with 'dream' team

France victorious: "The team that gave us a dream"

France have named the same 15 players who destroyed the All Blacks last weekend to face Australia in Saturday's World Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.

France manager Jo Maso said: "It was logical to stick with the team that gave us a dream.


The BBC's Sonja McLaughlan reports: "They carry the hopes of fans of the whole of the northern hemisphere"
"We have respect for the Australians given that we will be playing as outsiders. We will go into the match with humility, but also with the pride of a team playing at this stage of the competition."

The side which carries northern hemisphere hopes into the Cardiff finale includes prop Franck Tournaire, cleared of a biting charge by a disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

Fellow forwards Christophe Juillet and Marc Lievremont have both been given the all-clear for injuries sustained in the 43-31 semi-final victory over New Zealand, as has fullback Xavier Garbajosa.

Meanwhile, the repercussions of that famous French victory are still being felt in the land of the long white cloud.

Massey University in Palmerston North is offering grief counselling to All Black fans devastated by their side's departure from the World Cup.

Dr Graeme Bassett explained: "It is as if the team represents the self-worth of the country."

Team

Xavier Garbajosa; Philippe Bernat-Salles, Richard Dourthe, Emile Ntamack, Christophe Dominici; Christophe Lamaison, Fabien Galthie; Christophe Juillet, Olivier Magne, Marc Lievremont, Fabien Pelous, Abdelatif Benazzi, Franck Tournaire, Raphael Ibanez (capt), Cedric Soulette
Replacements used: Ugo Mola, Stephane Castaignede, Arnaud Costes, Pieter De Villiers, Marc Dal Maso, Stephane Glas, Olivier Brouzet.




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