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Fofana, Trinh-Duc in France team to face Italy

Updated: January 31, 2012, 06:16


PARIS(AP) France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has handed a first test cap to center Wesley Fofana and picked Francois Trinh-Duc at flyhalf for Saturday's Six Nations opener against Italy.

Fofana plays alongside veteran Aurelien Rougerie in midfield, and Trinh-Duc is partnered by scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili, with versatile halfback Morgan Parra on the bench.

Parra, a scrumhalf by trade, started last year's World Cup final against New Zealand as a makeshift No. 10.

But Saint-Andre preferred the more orthodox Trinh-Duc, who did well going on for the injured Parra in the final which France lost 8-7 last October.

Saint-Andre surprisingly selected Vincent Debaty at prop ahead of veteran Jean-Baptiste Poux.

France lost 22-21 to Italy in last year's Six Nations.

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