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France head coach Fabien Galthie has lost a friend, former teammate and former player he coached to Christophe Dominici. Les Bleus will play in the honor of “Domi’s” on Saturday

France will mourn the loss of former star winger Christophe Dominici in a cathedral-like calm before focusing on challenging Italy with a makeshift squad in the fall Nations Cup on Saturday.

Players will wear his nickname Domi on their left sleeve under a giant photo of him at the Stade de France, where a minute of silence will take place.

“You don’t see a man like him twice,” said former France captain Pascal Pape, close to Dominici. France coach Fabien Galthie has also lost an old friend and teammate.

Before kick-off, the teams will take a break to remember Dominici, who died on Tuesday aged just 48.

Former French winger Christophe Dominici died on Tuesday at the age of 48

Former French winger Christophe Dominici died on Tuesday at the age of 48

Dominici’s death sent shock waves through rugby and reached the benches of the French parliament, where politicians in the National Assembly stood unsolicited and applauded him in tribute.

Due to the coronavirus, there will be no crowds at the 81,000-seat stadium to say goodbye to Dominici.

His many rugby friends included the current French hierarchy: Federation President Bernard Laporte – the former coach of France with whom Dominici shared a close relationship; Galthie and his assistant Raphael Ibanez – all teammates in a time of glory who defined French flair in brash style.

Galthie also played alongside Dominici at the Stade Français, before training him there.

Dominici scored 25 tries in a glory-filled decade with the national team, underscored by New Zealand’s sensational upset at the 1999 and 2007 Rugby World Cups.

“We have lost a friend. We are fighting, struggling to achieve, ”said Laporte on Wednesday. “I told them, I just wish you one thing, that you have the same career as him. ”

On Saturday Galthie must do her best to focus on winning with a 13-substitute squad following their 22-15 victory in Scotland last weekend, including five new faces and a pack with barely a dozen caps.

The changes came due to a player rotation agreement between the French Rugby Federation and clubs in the French league, limiting players to three of the six internationals.

France's first-choice players such as Virimi Vakatawa absent due to player rotation deal with Top 14

France’s first-choice players such as Virimi Vakatawa absent due to player rotation deal with Top 14

“The team has limited experience, but that’s the deal. We knew it and we will be satisfied, ”said Galthie. “At the level we’re playing at, everyone needs to be ready anytime, anywhere. ”

Scrum-half Baptiste Serin has just three players with 20 or more caps, and he replaces Charles Ollivon as captain. “It’s precisely because he’s so committed that we gave him this role,” said Galthie. “He wants to lead this team. “

Scrum-half Baptiste Serin will lead a very inexperienced France team on Saturday

Scrum-half Baptiste Serin will lead a very inexperienced France team on Saturday

France are second in Group B behind Scotland – as the Scots have already claimed victory in their canceled test with Fiji – and need the victory to advance to the playoff final on December 6, where they face off against probably England at Twickenham.

The Azzurri change three

Italy have recalled winger Luca Sperandio for the first time in nearly two years as they made three changes to their fall Nations Cup squad to face France in Paris.

Sperandio, 24, who won the last of his six caps against France in Rome in March 2019, replaces Mattia Bellini.

Braam Steyn goes to No. 8 in place of the injured Jake Polledri with Maxime Mbanda and Johan Meyer entering on the flanks. Mbanda starts a game for Italy for the first time since last year’s World Cup after Sebastien Negri withdrew with an adductor injury.

Braam Steyn rose to No.8 for Italy, but his long-distance partners Jake Polledri and Sébastien Negri are both injured.

Braam Steyn rose to No.8 for Italy, but his long-distance partners Jake Polledri and Sébastien Negri are both injured.

Cristian Stoian, born in Moldova but an Italian junior international player, is one of two uncapped players on the bench with flanker Michele Lamaro.

Italy last played a fortnight ago in the Autumn Nations Cup, losing 28-17 at home to Scotland, but saw their second game against Fiji called off due to massive infections COVID-19 in the Pacific Islander camp.

“We had extra days to better prepare for this meeting,” said coach Franco Smith, naming the team.

“The cancellation last week increased our desire to take the field on Saturday against France.

“It will be an intense game where we have the opportunity to see other interesting young people at work as we continue on our way to broaden the base at our disposal and build DNA,” said Smith.

Italy head coach Franco Smith and captain Luca Bigi know victory over top opposition is needed soon

Italy head coach Franco Smith and captain Luca Bigi know victory over top opposition is needed soon

History will be made when Nigel Owens becomes the first official to officiate 100 tests. The 49-year-old Welshman whistled his first test 17 years ago and has refereed four Rugby World Cups.

Team news

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Gabin Villiere, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Baptiste Serin (c); 1 Rodrigue Neti, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 4 Killian Geraci, 5 Baptiste Pesenti, 6 Cameron Woki, 7 Sekou Macalou, 8 Anthony Jelonch.

Substitutes: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Cyril Cazeaux, 20 Swan Rebbadj, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Yoram Moefana.

Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Jacopo Trulla, 13 Marco Zanon, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Marcello Violi; 1 Danilo Fischetti, 2 Luca Bigi (c), 3 Giosue Zilocchi, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 5 Niccolo Cannone, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 7 Johan Meyer, 8 Braam Steyn.

Substitutes: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Simone Ferrari, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Cristian Stoian, 20 Michele Lamoro, 21 Stephen Varney, 22 Tomasso Allan, 23 Federico Mori.

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