All change as France reshuffle team for second pool match

For Pool C clash with USA on Wednesday Les Bleus' coach Jacques Brunel has retained just three of his starting XV from the win over Argentina.

TOKYO, 30 Sep - France coach Jacques Brunel has made 12 changes to France's starting XV that triumphed 23-21 over Argentina for Les Bleus next Pool C match against USA at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on Wednesday. 

The other big change for France is that long-serving number eight Louis Picamoles will captain the team for the first time in his ninth World Cup match and his 81st cap in total. He takes the role from hooker Guilhem Guirado, who will be on the replacements bench against USA.

Big changes are a precedent at Rugby World Cups for France. In 2015, Les Bleus made 13 changes in their starting XV between their opening match and their second match, which they followed into their third match with another 12 changes.

In 2011, France also had 11 changes in the starting XV between match one and two and in 2007 there were 12 changes in the starting XV between the first two matches.

Inside-centre Gael Fickou, who was player-of-the-match versus Argentina, will earn his 50th cap for France in the match against USA.


1. Cyril Baille
2. Camille Chat
3. Emerick Setiano
4. Bernard Le Roux
5. Paul Gabrillagues
6. Arthur Iturria
7. Yacouba Camara
8. Louis Picamoles (capt.)
9. Maxime Machenaud
10. Camille Lopez
11. Yoann Huget
12. Gael Fickou
13. Sofiane Guitoune
14. Alivereti Raka
15. Thomas Ramos

16. Guilhem Guirado
17. Jefferson Poirot
18. Rabah Slimani
19. Sebastien Vahaamahina
20. Gregory Alldritt
21. Baptiste Serin
22. Romain Ntamack
23. Maxime Medard

RNS ajr