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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 September, 2003, 09:25 GMT 10:25 UK
France reshuffle Test side
Christophe Dominici has a thigh injury
Dominici keeps his place in the side

France coach Bernard Laporte has retained just two players from the side which beat England last week for the return Test at Twickenham on Saturday.

Only centre Yannick Jauzion and winger Christophe Dominici have kept their places in the starting XV as Laporte searches for his best combination for the World Cup.

But Laporte is sure the selected players will show the same qualities displayed by their compatriots in Marseille and believes the result will be the same.

He said: "There is no such thing as a first team or a second team - their potential is the same.

"We are expecting the same performance on Saturday at Twickenham that we had last week. We are confident we can beat England again.

"We've got 30 players and it's up to them to prove that can all fit into the first team ahead of the World Cup," said Laporte.

The match could well be a dress rehearsal the World Cup semi-final if things go to plan for the two northern hemisphere sides in Australia.

And Laporte wants his players to take as much from Saturday's game as possible to help their preparations for the potential clash Down Under.

England, with the expected return of their biggest stars, will start as favourites - but Laporte is not concerned by that.

"If in the worst case we get beat, we will learn from it," he said. "But this is an outcome that we are definitely not contemplating."

France: C Poitrenaud; X Garbajosa, Y Jauzion, B Liebenberg, C Dominici, G Merceron, D Yachvili; O Milloud, R Ibanez (capt), J-B Poux, D Auradou, O Brouzet, S Chabal, P Tabacco, C Labit.
Replacements: Y Bru, S Marconnet, J Thion, I Harinordoquy, O Magne, F Michalak, A Rougerie.

France stop England
30 Aug 03  |  Internationals

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