Lopez starts ahead of Doussain for France vs All Blacks
PARIS (AP) Camille Lopez has replaced Jean-Marc Doussain as the starting flyhalf for France against the All Blacks at the Stade de France this weekend.
Doussain started last weekend in the 25-23 loss to Australia after Francois Trinh-Duc was ruled out with a broken arm.
Lopez will be paired with scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud.
France coach Guy Noves kept faith with Fiji-born wingers Virimi Vakatawa and Noa Nakaitaci, who both impressed against the Wallabies. Fullback Scott Spedding paid the price for some poor choices during that match and made room for Brice Dulin.
It will be the first match between the teams since New Zealand ran in nine tries to humiliate France 62-13 in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals just over a year ago.