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Hosts France rest key players for Uruguay clash after victory over All Blacks

Hosts France rest key players for Uruguay clash after victory over All Blacks


RUGBY WORLD CUP

France’s head coach Fabien Galthié made wholesale changes to his side for the hosts’ second Rugby World Cup game against Uruguay on Thursday, though he cautioned against taking the South American squad lightly.

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France's Anthony Jelonch will lead the host nation against Uruguay in their second game of the tournament, just seven months after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament.

France’s Anthony Jelonch will lead the host nation against Uruguay in their second game of the tournament, just seven months after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament. © Peter Cziborra, Reuters

Les Bleus opened the tournament with a rip-roaring victory over three-time winners New Zealand last week, and are now favourites to secure a quarter-final berth by topping Pool A.

Uruguay, who start their World Cup campaign in Lille this week, finished bottom of their pool in 2019 but Galthié saw positives in their performances in Japan.

“They beat Fiji. Against Australia it was a respectable score,” Galth

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