Baille and Danty return from injury to start for France
France coach Fabien Galthie has recalled his premium players for their third Pool A match against Namibia on Thursday, as Les Bleus look to pick up momentum after a see-saw start to their Rugby World Cup campaign.
France started the tournament in inspired fashion with a 27-13 victory against New Zealand but the reserve side was largely disappointing as they beat Uruguay 27-12 six days later, leaving assistant coach Laurent Labit saying the team had done 'too little' so far.
A few tweaks were made from the team who played against the All Blacks, with loosehead prop Cyril Baille returning from injury to boost the French pack with Galthie insisting being able to adjust to circumstances was key to a successful tournament.
"We build our line-up on a weekly basis, there is no long-term plan in that area," Galthie told a press conference.
"We can talk about Darwin. His theory is that it is the strongest or the smartest who prevail, but those who can adjust and adapt."
Left wing Louis Bielle-Biarrey is handed his second start in a row at the expense of Gabin Villiere while Anthony Jelonch, who made his comeback from a long-term injury against Uruguay, starts at number eight with Gregory Alldritt being rested after picking up a minor knee injury during training on Monday.
Francois Cros will start as blindside flanker while Jonathan Danty is back at centre after nursing a thigh injury.
Villiere and Jean-Baptiste Gros have both been left out of the matchday 23, but Galthie says they remain part of his plans.
"No, no, they've not been demoted. We have a rotation so other players will be involved against Namibia. We need everyone in the squad, especially those two," he said.
New Zealand destroyed Namibia 71-3, scoring 11 tries and although