Machenaud chosen ahead of Parra
France v Australia:Young scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud will start for France against Australia tonight with the more experienced Morgan Parra on the bench.
The 23-year-old Machenaud earned his first and only cap when France crushed Argentina 49-10 in Tuncunma in June.
France also named novice prop Yannick Forestier in one of five changes from the team who played Argentina when Saint-Andre rested several experienced players.
Machenaud will link up with outhalf Frederic Michalak, who started by his side in Argentina on his return to the France team after two years absence. Uncapped lock Jocelino Suta has replaced the injured Yoann Maestri.
Sebastian Vahaamahina has been called into the squad and will be among the replacements. The 24-year-old Maestri, who has seven caps, was ruled out because of back pain.
France will face Argentina in Lille next Saturday and Samoa in Paris a week later.
FRANCE: B Dulin; W Fofana, F Fritz, M Mermoz, V Clerc; F Michalak, M Machenaud; Y Forestier, D Szarzewski, N Mas, P Pape (capt), J Suta, Y Nyanga, F Ouedraogo, L Picamoles. Replacements: B Kayser, T Domingo, S Vahaamahina, V Debaty, J Suta, D Chouly, M Parra, F Trinh-Duc, Y Huget.
AUSTRALIA: M Harris; A Ashley-Cooper, B Tapuai, P McCabe, N Cummins; K Beale, N Phipps; B Robinson, T Polota Nau, S Kepu, K Douglas, N Sharpe (capt), D Dennis, M Hooper, W Palu. Replacements: S Moore, J Slipper, P Ryan, Rob Simmons, Radike Samo, L Gill, B Sheehan, B Barnes.