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Louis Picamoles to skipper France against USA

France head coach Jacques Brunel has made 12 changes to his XV that beat Argentina for their second pool game, against USA on Wednesday.

France head coach Jacques Brunel has made 12 changes to his team that edged Argentina for their second pool match, against USA on Wednesday.

Louis Picamoles will captain the XV for the first time in his ninth Rugby World Cup match and his 81st cap in total.

He takes the role from hooker Guilhem Guirado, who has been named on the replacements bench.

Inside centre Gael Fickou, who was player-of-the-match versus Argentina, will earn his 50th cap for Les Bleus and is joined in the midfield by the dangerous Sofiane Guitoune, as Yoann Huget, Alivereti Raka and Thomas Ramos form what is a lethal back three.

Maxime Machenaud comes into the XV at scrum-half alongside Camille Lopez at fly-half as Romain Ntamack moves to the replacements bench where he is joined by fellow backs Baptiste Serin and Maxime Medard.

In the forwards there's a new front-row as Cyril Baille and Emerick Setiano prop either side of hooker Camille Chat, while Bernard Le Roux and Paul Gabrillagues are the second-rows and Arthur Iturria and Yacouba Camara start as flanks alongside Picamoles.

France: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Alivereti Raka, 13 Sofiane Guitoune, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles (c), 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Arthur Iturria, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Emerick Setiano, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Cyril Baille

Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Gregory Alldritt, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Maxime Medard

Date: Wednesday, October 2

Venue: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka City

Kick-off: 16:45 local (08:45 BST, 07:45 GMT)

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)

Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)

TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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