France v New Zealand: Teams
Last Updated: 09/11/13 8:26am
Richie McCaw: will lead New Zealand in Paris
France will be bidding to avenge three successive Test defeats to New Zealand on their summer tour in Paris on Saturday night.
Head coach Philippe Saint-Andre's men go into the game on the back of just one victory this year - they beat Scotland eight months ago.
After finishing bottom of the Six Nations for the first time since 1999, France will tackle the All Blacks as rank outsiders.
"You must have a huge desire to win the game, coming with determination," Saint-Andre told www.rugbyrama.fr
"There is a huge desire among the players, but also a fear , which must be positive . We respect New Zealand rugby, but we want to show that French rugby exists.
"For a century, the matches against New Zealand have always been of huge intensity and of high quality."
In contrast to France, the All Blacks are unbeaten this year and building ominously towards next week's revenge mission against England at Twickenham after they lost there 12 months ago.
Fresh from winning the Rugby Championship for a second successive season - they beat South Africa 38-27 in a gripping title decider - the All Blacks will start as red-hot favourites in Paris.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has left nothing to chance with his team selection, parading revered big guns like Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, who wins his 99th cap, Kieran Read and Ma'a Nonu, while centre Ben Smith continues instead of Conrad Smith, who has been rested from the tour.
Remi Tales will get another chance to shine for France after being recalled by Saint-Andre.
Tales, who has only two international caps, will form part of a new half-back pairing with Morgan Parra.
He is preferred to Jean-Marc Doussain, who drops to the bench, but otherwise there are few surprises with Biarritz flanker Wenceslas Lauret and Castres prop Yannick Forestier returning after missing their summer tour through injury.
France: B Dulin, Y Huget, F Fritz, W Fofana, M Medard, R Tales, M Parra; Y Forestier, B Kayser, N Mas, P Pape, Y Maestri, T Dusautoir (c), W Lauret, D Chouly.
Replacements: D Szarzewski, V Debaty, R Slimani, S Vahamahina, A Claasen, JM Doussain, C Lopez, G Fickou.
New Zealand: I Dagg, C Jane, B Smith, M Nonu, C Piatau, D Carter, A Smith; T Woodcock, K Mealamu, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, L Messam, R McCaw (c), K Read.
Replacements: D Coles, W Crockett, C Faumuina, S Luatua, S Cane, T Kerr-Barlow, A Cruden, R Crotty.
Watch France v New Zealand live on Sky Sports 2 on Saturday evening from 7.30pm.
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