Phillipe Saint-Andre calls Benjamin Fall into France squad to face Samoa

Last Updated: 20/11/12 9:42pm

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Benjamin Fall (dark shirt) in action for France in Argentina this summer

Benjamin Fall (dark shirt) in action for France in Argentina this summer

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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has called up Benjamin Fall for their final autumn Test match against Samoa on Saturday.

Saint-Andre has released Perpignan lock Sebastien Vahaamahina, Toulon flanker Pierrick Gunther and Toulouse's midfield wonderkid Gael Fickou from the squad.

Fall, Vahaahamina, Gunther and Fickou had been called up on Sunday following fitness concerns of more senior players after the 39-22 win over Argentina in Lille on Saturday but they have now been allowed to return to their clubs.

"For these young players who are discovering the France team, it's good to be part of the group. They learn about the team and life in the group," said Saint-Andre.

Racing Metro star Fall has been called as back-up for full-back Brice Dulin, who has not trained so far this week because of a minor thigh injury he sustained in Saturday's win over the Pumas.

France will be looking to secure fourth place in the world rankings, which will give them top seeding in a pool at the 2015 World Cup.

Saint-Andre will name his team on Thursday and few, if any, changes are expected for the match with the Samoans who arrive full of confidence after beating Wales last weekend.

Samoa have doubts about full-back Paul Williams (cheekbone), Dan Leo (knee) and Faatoina Autagavaia (wrist).

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