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New Zealand, France name teams for #RWC2105 quarterfinal

Richie McCaw returns to captain the All Blacks, while Philippe Saint-André has made 3 changes to his side.

Daniel Carter will start at fly-half against the French. Picture: Worldrugby.com

JOHANNESBURG - Both New Zealand and France have finalised their teams for Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal between the two sides in Cardiff.

Richie McCaw returns to captain the All Blacks, while Julian Savea is back on the left wing in place of Waisake Naholo.

Nehe Milner-Skudder and fullback Ben Smith complete what is an exceptionally dangerous back three.

As for France, coach Philippe Saint-André has made three changes to his side. Morgan Parra is named at scrum-half, Alexandre Dumoulin replaces Mathieu Bastareaud at outside centre, and South Africa-born Bernard le Roux comes in for Damien Chouly at flank.

NEW ZEALAND

15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Sonny Bill Williams

FRANCE

15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Alexandre Dumoulin, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Brice Dulin, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous

Substitutes: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud

Visit the Eyewitness News special Rugby World Cup 2015 portal.

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