France v Tonga preview

This Sunday's Federation Shield clash in Castres should decide which of these teams will be England's opponent in next weekend's final. Both France and Tonga have registered one win each (against Samoa) so the winner here will join England in a battle of the top two teams of this tournament.

The French lose Prop Matthew Griffi from the side that defated Samoa 28-6, with Adel Fellous regaining his place, and Damien Courtier moving into consideration from the bench.

No information as to the make-up of the Tongan side as yet, but they are without captain Solomon Haumono who has returned t o Australia for his wedding this weekend, and may rejoin the team if they win and qualify for the tournament final.

France v Tonga, Sunday 5 November at Castres (Stade Pierre Antoine, 15:45)

French side:
Renaud Guigue, Olivier Charles, Teddy Saddoui, Sebastien Planed, Frederic Zitter, Maxime Greseque, James Wynnes, Jerome Guisset (captain), Julien Rinaldi, Adel Fellous, Jamal Fakir, Eric Anselme, Gregory Mounis. Jean-Christophe Borlin, David Ferriol, Olivier Elima, Christophe Moly, Damien Courtier (one to be ommitted).