Big names back for France as they seek Pumas revenge

France coach Guy Noves has turned to some of his more experienced heads as he looks to right the wrongs of last week's defeat to Argentina.

An experimental Bleus side went down 30-19 in Tucuman as seven players made their France debuts, though more established names are now available to the coach after fulfilling club commitments.

Noves was critical of his defence in the aftermath of the game and has seen fit to ring the changes when the sides meet at the same venue this Saturday.

"After 60 minutes we were in front, so it is disappointing to lose the game," he said. "We were penalised and the match begins to turn from there and I have regrets with regard to that.

"Then we presented many weaknesses in defence. We were pierced too easily, three times in particular. What saddens me is on the few occasions that they troubled us, they put us in danger. We have to question that and it will make us think about how we defend next week.

"Nevertheless, I cannot tell you that I am not happy to see the general behaviour of these players. With the ball we showed a lot of quality, so on one side of the game we are happy, and the other we have regrets."

Five of last week's debutants - Xavier Mignot, Baptiste Serin, Kevin Gourdon, Julien Le Devedec and Remi Bonfils - have been given a second cap.

Experienced players such as Louis Picamoles, Uini Atonio, flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc and Gael Fickou are all back in Noves' XV, with lock Yoann Maestri set to captain his country for the first time.

Argentina will make three changes, Javier Desio comes into the forwards in place of Tomas Lezana. Number eight Tomas Cubelli will start in place of Martin Landajo and Jeronimo de la Fuente replaces Juan Martin Hernandez, who has an adductor injury.

Lucas Amorosino will earn his 50th Argentina cap if he comes off the bench.



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