Louis Picamoles will be the n°8 of the Blues in the face of the Bocks.
France receives the Boks on Saturday at the Stade de France, on the occasion of the first test-match of November.
The coach of the XV of France Jacques Brunel has handed Thursday Baptiste Serin alongside Camille Lopez at the hinge to face South Africa on Saturday, where Arthur Iturria, the usual second line, will make its debut in the third line to the international level.
Brunel will also be offered Damian Penaud (22 years, 5 sel.), training centre, its first cape on a wing. In addition, he has preferred to occupy the full-back Maxime Médard to the Héraultais Benjamin Fall, because of its “game foot longer,” explained coach Jacques Brunel on Thursday. Has the left pillar, Jefferson Poirot, absent during the tour of June, has been chosen to start rather than Dany Priso.
Picamoles only Montpellier
Louis Picamoles will be the only Montpellier on the lawn. “I look in front, not behind,” he said on Thursday. “I don’t want to prove anything to anyone, just wants to have fun,” replied the Montpellier region, interviewed on his return to selection, which seemed more hypothetical in June, when the New Zealand tour where he was one of the main absent. Picamoles (age 32, 69 selections), dismissed it as seven other players in the group because of the nightlife experience that had followed the defeat in Scotland (32-26), had not much liked the handling of the case by the framework.
“I shall be completely at the things that I’ve done. But I don’t want to be the scapegoat for something that is not huge and that it was a little too spread out, ” he said in June. An operation on a shoulder had also justified his absence from the All Blacks.
The XV starting : Médard – T. Thomas, Bastareaud, Doumayrou, Sheepish – (o) Lopez, (m) Serin – Iturria, Picamoles, Lauret – Maestri, Vahaamahina – Gomes Sa, Guirado (cap.), Poirot. Alternates: Cat, Priso, Slimani, Gabrillagues, Babillot, Dupont, Belleau, Fickou