Sofiane Guitoune and Gael Fickou to make France debuts against Tonga
Sofiane Guitoune and Gael Fickou have been handed their France debuts for Saturday's clash with Tonga.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 2:49pm
Guitoune will replace Yoann Huget on the wing, while teenager Fickou starts at centre with Florian Fritz axed from a youthful match-day squad.
Fulgence Ouedraogo has been passed fit after ankle and shoulder problems and comes in for openside flanker Wenceslas Lauret, and second-rower Pascal Pape makes way for Sebastien Vahaamahina.
Pape drops to the bench alongside hooker Benjamin Kayser as Dimitri Szarzewski is restored to the starting line-up.
Saint Andre has also kept faith with scrum-half Morgan Parra and fly-half Remi Tales as France look to bounce back from last week's 26-19 defeat to New Zealand.
Guitoune has been in sparkling form for Perpignon this season and is currently the joint-leading try-scorer in the Top 14, and Saint-Andre believes he will make a big impact in Le Havre.
"I'm expecting him to have a great match, he is a player who just lives and breathes rugby, he's a finisher who knows where the line is, too," Saint-Andre said.
"He has the ability to find the opening and his timing is good."
France: B Dulin, S Guitoune, G Fickou, W Fofana, M Medard, R Tales, M Parra; Y Forestier, D Szarzewski, N Mas, S Vahaamahina, Y Maestri, T Dusautoir, F Quedraogo, D Chouly.
Replacements: B Kayser, V Debaty, R Slimani, P Pape, B Le Roux, J Pelissie, F Michalak, M Bastareaud.