Lievremont rings changes
Published 23/02/2011 | 05:00
France coach Marc Lievremont insists the changes made to his side for Saturday's Six Nations clash with England are based on squad rotation rather than any special measures designed to outfox Martin Johnson's charges.
Lievremont has rung the changes to his starting XV by handing recalls to Sebastien Chabal, Vincent Clerc, Dimitri Yachvili and Yannick Jauzion, while Maxime Medard switches from wing to full-back to replace Clement Poitrenaud.
Damien Traille, who operated at full-back in the opening 34-21 win over Scotland before switching to centre against Ireland, moves to the bench, while Morgan Parra and Julien Bonnaire also make way.
Asked whether the changes were designed to inject some experience into the ranks after the laboured 25-22 win over the Irish last time out, Lievremont replied: "Not really. That wasn't the specific aim. We wanted to shake up the group. We're putting out the same three-quarters that finished in Ireland so there's a form of continuity."
Lievremont does have one concern to contend with ahead of the showdown between the only teams still boasting 100pc records in the competition, with the 24-year-old Medard a doubt after missing training yesterday with a thigh problem.
France (v England) -- M Medard; Y Huget, A Rougerie, Y Jauzion, V Clerc; F Trinh-Duc, D Yachvili; S Chabal, I Harinordoquy, T Dusautoir (captain); L Nallet, J Pierre; N Mas, W Servat, T Domingo. Reps: G Guirado, S Marconnet, J Thion, J Bonnaire, M Parra, D Traille, C Poitrenaud.