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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2007, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
France pick Beauxis at fly-half
Lionel Beauxis
Beauxis kicked 24 points in the victory over Georgia

New Zealand v France
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Saturday, 6 October
Kick-off: 2000 BST
Live on BBC Radio 5live and the BBC Sport website

France have opted to play Lionel Beauxis at fly-half with centre Damien Traille at full-back for the World Cup quarter-final with New Zealand.

Coach Bernard Laporte has made eight changes to the side that beat Georgia 64-7 in the final pool match.

Mercurial fly-half Frederic Michalak starts on the bench alongside regular full-back Clement Poitrenaud and lock or loose forward Sebastien Chabal.

Beauxis, who has won nine caps, scored 24 points in the win over Georgia.

"Against New Zealand it's important to have a good kicking game," said Laporte. "Fred Michalak is on the bench, he can come on later."

Laporte said Traille's first Test cap at full-back was also to offer a kicking threat.

"We want to have an answer to their (New Zealand's) kicking game, which is one of their strengths," added Laporte.

"New Zealand are a team who try to keep you in your half and so we need to be able to go out quickly and play in their half of the field.


"This is nothing new for Damien. He said 'it was okay'. If he said 'no', he would not have played at full-back. There is no risk."

Former captain Fabien Pelous was chosen ahead of Lionel Nallet to play alongside Jerome Thion in the second row, while Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir and Serge Betsen form the back row.

Pelous, France's most-capped player with 116 Test appearances, is one of the survivors from the the team that beat New Zealand 43-31 in the 1999 World Cup semi-final at Twickenham.

Vincent Clerc and Cedric Heymans were picked on the wings ahead of 1999 hero Christophe Dominici and Aurelien Rougerie.

Yannick Jauzion and David Marty continue in midfield with Jean-Baptiste Elissalde starting at scrum-half.

France, who have never won the World Cup, head into this weekend's match at the Millennium Stadium looking to end a run of seven straight defeats against the All Blacks.

New Zealand, the pre-tournament favourites, are chasing only their second World Cup since winning the inaugural event on home soil in 1987.

France: Traille, Clerc, Marty, Jauzion, Heymans, Beauxis, Elissalde; Milloud, Ibanez (capt), De Villiers, Pelous, Thion, Betsen, Dusautoir, Bonnaire.
Replacements: Szarzewski, Poux, Chabal, Harinordoquy, Michalak, Dominici, Poitrenaud

NZ's Carter back to face France
02 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
France 64-7 Georgia
30 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union


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