Dupont and Penaud passed fit to face Wales

Captain Guirado makes his first start at hooker since France's opener, but there's no room for Raka or Guitoune in the 23.

TOKYO, 18 Oct - France scrum-half Antoine Dupont has shaken off a back injury and will line up alongside his Toulouse teammate Romain Ntamack in Sunday's quarter-final against Wales.

Dupont, above, took limited part in training this week but has been passed fit to play in place of Baptiste Serin. His last start was against Argentina in France's opening match, although he did come off the bench to play the last 27 minutes of the win over Tonga. 

Coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes from the side that defeated Tonga almost two weeks ago. 

Damian Penaud takes his place on the right-wing after complaining of a lower stomach strain earlier in the week, with Yoann Huget coming in on the left in place of Alivereti Raka, who falls out of the match-day 23 altogether, as does centre Sofiane Guitoune who makes way for Gael Fickou.

Captain Guilhem Guirado makes his first start since the Argentina game, Camille Chat moving to the bench after starting against the USA and Tonga.


1. Jefferson Poirot
2. Guilhem Guirado (capt.)
3. Rabah Slimani
4. Bernard Le Roux
5. Sebastien Vahaamahina
6. Wenceslas Lauret
7. Charles Ollivon
8. Gregory Alldritt
9. Antoine Dupont
10. Romain Ntamack
11. Yoann Huget
12. Gael Fickou
13. Virimi Vakatawa
14. Damian Penaud
15. Maxime Medard

16. Camille Chat
17. Cyril Baille
18. Emerick Setiano
19. Paul Gabrillagues
20. Louis Picamoles
21. Baptiste Serin
22. Camille Lopez
23. Vincent Rattez

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