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Who knows what sort of side France will put out against New Zealand?
They have won once since November last year, that against Scotland. Their clubs have been swapping places in the upper echelons of the Top 14 table more often than a nun says her rosary, which will have done little to clarify Philippe Saint-Andre’s thinking in selection.
If he decides to reward form, we could see introductions for Montpellier No. 9 Jonathan Pelissie and Toulouse’s human battering ram Gillian Galan in the back row.
The French habit of picking players out of position is a puzzling one. We’ve seen Freddie Michalak deployed at No. 10 and No. 9 for club and country so inconsistently, it simply prevents any real attacking patterns from emerging.
The outrageously talented Wesley Fofana has been plonked out on the wing at his club this season as well. Stuart Lancaster would doggy-paddle across the Channel to have a centre as gifted as the Clermont Auvergne man.
The jury, as ever, is out on France for now.
France's autumn internationals
Nov 9 New Zealand
Nov 16 Tonga
Nov 23 South Africa