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Same again for Les Bleus
25 March 2003 10:36am
France have decided to keep faith with the team that despatched Italy last weekend when they take on Wales.
"This is logical to have the same team for Wales," said team manager Jo Maso.
France coach Bernard Laporte again offered glowing praise for his players' first-half performance but added there was room for improvement.
"I am glad that we have another match because we conceded four tries in the second half," he said.
Wales have yet to win in this year's RBS 6 Nations but they could provide a stern test for Les Bleus after a narrow 25-24 loss to Ireland last weekend.
"We will analyse their match against Ireland but our biggest rival remains ourselves," Laporte added.
France team: Clement Poitrenaud; Aurelien Rougerie, Thomas Castaignede, Damien Traille, Xavier Garbajosa; Frederic Michalak, Dimitri Yachvili; Imanol Harinordoquy, Olivier Magne, Serge Betsen, Olivier Brouzet, Fabien Pelous, Sylvain Marconnet, Raphael Ibanez, Jean-Jacques Crenca.
Replacements: Jean-Baptiste Rue, Olivier Milloud, David Auradou, Patrick Tabacco, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, Gerald Merceron, Vincent Clerc.
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