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France focused on Puma test

LOCK Yoann Maestri has returned from a back injury to replace Jocelino Suta in the only change to the France team which thrashed Australia for tomorrow's Test.

Australia were crushed 33-6 last Saturday for France's biggest win against the Wallabies since 1976, with fly-half Frederic Michalak orchestrating the win and No 8 Louis Picamoles scoring a try to cap dominance in the pack.

"We went for continuity, we don't have much time (to prepare matches)," France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

"We don't want to change the spine of the team for this match. We tried to keep the balance."

The victory against Australia moved France up one place in the rankings from fifth to provisional fourth and increased their chances of being among the top four seeds for the 2015 World Cup when the draw is made next month -- thus avoiding the southern hemisphere favourites in the group stage.

Argentina have won four of the last seven meetings between the sides.

FRANCE v ARGENTINA

Lille, Tomorrow (8.0) Setanta 1


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