Jacques Brunel unveiled Thursday the composition of the XV of France who will face Tonga Sunday, October 6, in Kumamoto. The coach of the Blues preferred Baptiste Serin Antoine Dupont to form the hinge with Romain Ntamack. Serin had an excellent start on Wednesday against the United States (33-9), including the fourth try tricolor.
Jacques Brunel also renewed four incumbent players against the Americans: the hooker Camille Chat (instead of Guirado), the second line Paul Gabrillagues, the winger Alivereti Raka and the center Sofiane Guitoune. Pillar Jefferson Poirot will be captain.
The starting XV (substitutes not communicated by the Federation): Médard – Penaud, Vakatawa, Guitoune, Raka – Ntamack (half-open), Serin (half scrum) – Ollivon, Alldritt, Lauret – Vahaamahina, Gabrillagues – Slimani, Cat, Poirot (cap)