Huget back for France after lengthy lay-off


Yoann Huget will make his international comeback for France when Les Bleus face Samoa in Toulouse on Saturday.

Huget has not featured for his country since suffering a serious knee injury in France's opening game at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

However, the fit-again Toulouse wing will be given a run-out at familiar territory at Stadium Municipal, after being named in Guy Noves' starting XV.

Maxime Machenaud and Francois Trinh-Duc have been paired together in the halves, Noves highlighting the former's physical presence as a factor in his selection ahead of Baptiste Serin.

Prop Cyril Baille - a club team-mate of Huget - is in line to make his debut off the bench.

France team to face Samoa: Scott Spedding, Yoann Huget, Remi Lamerat, Wesley Fofana, Virimi Vakatawa, Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Uini Atonio, Julien Le Devedec, Yoann Maestri, Kevin Gourdon, Loann Goujon, Louis Picamoles.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Cyril Baille, Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Charles Ollivon, Baptiste Serin, Jean-Marc Doussain, Gael Fickou.