Paul back in starting line-up for

Bradford Bulls skipper Robbie Paul will make his first start for New Zealand since April in Thursday's Test against France in Carcassonne. Paul takes over at scrum-half from the injured Thomas Leuluai.

Coach Daniel Anderson has made eight changes to the side which lost 22-12 to Great Britain in the Tri-Nations Series match at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Four players will make their debuts - Jamaal Lolesi, Dene Halatau, Alex Chan and Wairangi Koopu.

Lolesi and Koopu play in place of full-back Brent Webb and loose-forward Sonny Bill Williams, who are both rested, while Halatau will start at hooker with Chan at prop.

Paul, on the bench for the Kiwis' last two games, will be partnered at half-back by Warrington winger Henry Fa'afili.

Leuluai, who damaged a shoulder at Huddersfield, is among a host of players carrying minor injuries.

The Kiwis are optimistic that Leuluai will be fit to face Britain in the last round of the Tri-Nations in Hull next Saturday.

France, beaten 42-4 by England in their last match 10 days ago, have included Wakefield forward Olivier Elima in their squad.

New Zealand:

J Lolesi; N Vagana, P Whatuira, C Toopi, S Hape; H Fa'afili, R Paul; P Rauhihi, D Halatau, A Chan, A Lauitiiti, R Asotasi, W Koopu. Subs: N Cayless, J Cayless, R Wiki (capt), L Anderson.