Vakatawa gets nod for Samoa clash

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

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

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