Former captain Thierry Dusautoir had been called up as a possible replacement for Ouedraogo following his fight to recover his best form from a serious knee injury.
Second row Pascal Pape has taken over the armband as Saint-Andre's on-field general for what is certain to be a brutal physical war of body and mind at the Olympic Stadium.
Saint-Andre has been forewarned by what happened here in Rome two years back when the Italians caused a sensation by squeezing France 22-21 at their natural home in Stadio Flaminio.
Surely lightening can't strike twice. France have been too good, too organised, too clinical in Saint-Andre's second season in charge of Les Bleus.