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- International Match
- 17th Nov 2012
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Stade de France, Paris
France v Argentina - Autumn international match preview
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has called on his side to build on their historic win over Australia when they tackle Argentina on Saturday.
Les Bleus go into the match on the back of a 33-6 win over Australia - their biggest victory over the Wallabies since 1976.
However Argentina, fresh from their first season in the Rugby Championship, showed how far they have come by beating Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
"The Argentines were pretty impressive in Cardiff," said Saint-Andre, who has made one change to his line-up with the fit-again Yoann Maestri returning at lock. "They gave the Welsh a rugby lesson in the second half. They scored two textbook tries.
"It's down to us to play to our strengths, to show the same intensity and speed as we did last week. We did a lot of work on our reactivity, our speed, in Tuesday's training session, and we were more than pleasantly surprised."
Argentina will be without the talismanic Felipe Contepomi for the match after the playmaker damaged his knee against Wales.
"It was a bad injury but it could have been worse. I did my posterior cruciate ligament but at least there's no surgery required," Contepomi said.
Marcelo Bosch replaces Contepomi, with Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino and Horacio Agulla also starting - while Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe switches to flanker.
France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Florian Fritz , 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Vincent Clerc, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé (c), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Vincent Debaty, 19 Jocelino Suta, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget.
Argentina: 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Marcelo Bosch, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Julio Farias Cabello, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 19 Tomas Vallejos, 20 Tomas De la Vega, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Gonzalo Camacho, 23 Joaquin Tuculet.
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