French coach Jacques Brunel is aiming to make the most of the Forsyth Barr Stadium's high-speed artificial surface by bringing in a fast centre combination to Saturday's side to play the All Blacks in Dunedin.

Remi Lamarat and Wesley Fofana have earned a reputation at Top 14 Clermont side and for the national team as a hugely effective pairing.

They get their first call up on this tour to replace injured centre Geoffrey Doumayrou and captain Mathieu Bastareaud, who's had a long season and was expected to struggle on the Dunedin surface.

Veteran scrum half Morgan Parra replaces Bastareaud as skipper, his first call up in the role.

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Fofana, prone to injury, has not played at the international level since the 19 – 24 defeat against New Zealand in November 2016 in France. French media are tipping that he is expected to play a key role in next year's World Cup.

The French team:
15 Ben Fall
14 Teddy Thomas
13 Remi Lamarat
12 Wesley Fofana
11 Gael Fickou
10 Anthony Belleau
9 Morgan Parra (captain)
8 Kelian Galletier
7 Kevin Gourdon
6 Mathieu Babillot
5 Yoann Maestri
4 Bernard Le Roux
3 Uini Atonio
2 Camille Chat
1 Dany Priso.