Vakatawa gets nod for Samoa clash
Burly Fijian utility back Virimi Vakatawa starts for France in their opening November Test against Samoa tomorrow morning. Vakatawa has been named on the wing while Maxime Machenaud starts at halfback ahead of Baptiste Serin. Machenaud partners François TrinhDuc in the halfbacks, while Louis Picamoles starts at six, combining with Kévin Goudon and Loann Goujon in the back row. Guilhem Guirado captains the side at hooker, with Jefferson Poirot and Uini Atonio packing down alongside him. In-form Toulon back-row Charles Ollivon is on the bench, along with Gaël Fickou. Meanwhile, Samoa have announced their team that will face France at Stadium Municipal, with David Lemi captaining the islanders.
LINE-UP Samoa: 15 Paul Williams, 14 Paul Perez, 13 George Pisi, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Patrick Faapale, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Genesis Mamea-Lemalu, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Christopher Vui, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Manu Leaiataua, 1 Zac Taulafo Replacements: 16 Elia Elia, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Jeff Lepa, 20 Gregory Foe, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 D’Angelo Leuila, 23 Ken Pisi
France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Rémi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Louis Picamoles, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Julien Le Devedec, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Guilhelm Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Sébastian Vahaamahina, 19 Charles Ollivon, 20 Baptiste Serin, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Gaël Fickou, 23 Rabah Slimani. Planet Rugby –Mail Online