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France turn to fresh faces for NZ tour

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Sportal.co.nz     15 May 2013     Getty Images

The former Gloucester and Sale Director of Rugby has called upon three overseas-born players for the first time to contest the three Tests.

South African duo Bernard Le Roux and Daniel Kotze, together with Fijian Noa Nakaitaci, travel with Nakaitaci and Kotze set to play the Heineken Cup final first for Clermont Auvergne.

International rookies Eddy Ben Arous, Alexandre Flanquart, Camille Lopez, Adrien Plante and Remi Tales will also get the chance to impress Saint-Andre.

Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc does not travel this time around, but Frederic Michalak returns from a shoulder injury.

Saint-Andre said: "He [Trinh-Duc] needs to rest after a long season."

France will take on the world champion All Blacks on June 8, 15 and 22 in Auckland, Hamilton and New Plymouth respectively.

Forwards : Eddy Ben Arous (Racing-Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing-Metro), Luc Ducalcon (Clermont), Daniel Kotze (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Christophe Samson (Castres), Sebastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), Bernard Le Roux (Racing-Metro), Antonie Claassen (Castres), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: Maxime Machenaud (Racing-Metro), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Frederic Michalak (Toulon), Camille Lopez (Bordeaux-Begles), Remi Tales (Castres), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont), Alexis Palisson (Toulon), Adrien Plante (Perpignan), Brice Dulin (Castres), Yoann Huget (Toulouse)