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France welcome back injured duo
Fabien Pelous and Frederic Michalak to return for France.
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2007 14:58 GMT
Frederic Michalak: Back at number nine for France [GALLO/GETTY]
France are expected to welcome back injured duo Fabien Pelous and flyhalf Frederic Michalak for their World Cup warmup against England on Saturday.
 
Coach Bernard Laporte has named a full-strength 22-man squad for the first of two tests against England.
 
The second test is at Marseille, France, on Aug. 18.
Lock Pelous, who can equal Philippe Sella's national record of 111 games for France at Twickenham, last played for the national side in the test series against New Zealand in November before being sidelined with an ankle injury.

Michalak hasn't played for France since injuring his knee in a Six Nations match against Wales in March 2006.

The flyhalf had surgery in November before resuming playing for Toulouse.

He is likely to relegate David Skrela to the reserves bench.

"Our goal is to prepare well for the World Cup and get our game in place,
but it would be good to win at Twickenham," France team manager Jo Maso said.

"That would make us stronger and more confident. We put together the
best team of the moment."

France plays Wales at Cardiff on Aug. 26 in another warmup.

The World Cup begins on September 7 and runs until October 20.

Forwards: Pieter de Villiers, Olivier Milloud, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Raphael
Ibanez, Dimitri Szarzewski, Sebastien Chabal, Fabien Pelous, Jerome Thion, Serge Betsen, Julien Bonnaire, Remy Martin, Yannick Nyanga.

Backs: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, Pierre Mignoni, Frederic Michalak, David
Skrela, Yannick Jauzion, David Marty, Vincent Clerc, Cedric Heymans, Aurelien Rougerie, Clement Poitrenaud.

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