Who are France’s rookie half-backs that will take on New Zealand?

Rewind back to the 2011 Rugby World Cup final and Marc Lievremont, in his final match as France head coach, handed a debut off the bench at Eden Park to scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain. 

The ‘Rugby World Cup final debutants club’ that Doussain has started is likely to only retain one member moving forward.

Perhaps those unusual circumstances are why Doussain in the following years has been given a number of reprieves, having been thrown into the fire for his first cap, despite failing since then to convince the public that he is a legitimate Test scrum-half or fly-half.

Back to the present and Doussain is now gone, left out of the French squad for November. His lacklustre effort off the bench against England in this year’s Six Nations was a sign that his time was coming to an end. 

Meanwhile Camille Lopez, seemingly the answer to France’s ongoing quest for a fly-half, is out for five months…

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