PARIS (AP) — France coach Philippe Saint-Andre rewarded his players for an outstanding performance against Australia by picking the same squad Monday to face Argentina in a rugby test.

France thrashed Australia 33-6 on Saturday night to record its biggest win against the Wallabies since 1976. Flyhalf Frederic Michalak was outstanding and the pack dominated in the scrum, with No. 8 Louis Picamoles scoring the game's first try before Michalak set up winger Wesley Fofana for the second.

Lock Yoann Maestri has made good progress from a back injury, and Saint-Andre hopes he will be in contention for Saturday's match in Lille.

France faced the Pumas twice in June, losing the first test 23-20 and winning the second 49-10. France completes its test program for 2012 against Samoa on Nov. 24.

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France:

Forwards: Thomas Domingo, Yannick Forestier, Benjamin Kayser, Dimitri Szarzewski, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape, Jocelino Suta, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Damien Chouly, Yannick Nyanga, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles.

Backs: Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Frederic Michalak, Francois Trinh-Duc, Vincent Clerc, Brice Dulin, Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Yoann Huget, Maxime Mermoz.

 

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