Williams ruled out as France wield axe
Published 16/03/2011 | 05:00
Shane Williams has been ruled out of Wales' clash against France on Saturday.
Wales' record try-scorer with 53 Test touchdowns, suffered a knee injury during the 19-13 victory over Ireland. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with posterior cruciate ligament damage, although he will not require surgery.
France coach Marc Lievremont admitted yesterday that he went over the top following his team's defeat by Italy last Saturday when he said he felt "betrayed" by his players.
But that didn't stop him performing substantial surgery on his team for Saturday's match in Paris.
David Marty and Damien Traille will forge a new centre partnership instead of Aurelien Rougerie and Yannick Jauzion.
Brive wing Alexis Palisson is preferred to Bayonne's Yoann Huget, Clermont Auvergne prop Thomas Domingo takes over from Sylvain Marconnet, and Biarritz No 8 Imanol Harinordoquy is recalled.
Jauzion, Huget, Marconnet and Sebastien Chabal are all casualties of Lievremont's post-Rome cull.
Clermont Auvergne captain Rougerie's absence is due to a disciplinary hearing he faces today following an incident that happened while he was playing for his club.
Palisson, a try-scorer against Wales in Cardiff last season, will start on the left wing, with Vincent Clerc switching to the right.
Les Bleus will go into the game striving to avoid a third defeat in this season's Six Nations, something that has not happened to them since 2001.