Friday 24 November 2017

Bastareaud returns for France

France coach Marc Lievremont has made just one change to his side to face England on Saturday with Mathieu Bastareaud returning at centre in place of David Marty.

Bastareaud started Sunday's defeat of Italy on the bench but was named in the starting XV for the clash at the Stade de France which is vital to their hopes of clinching the Six Nations title.

Bastareaud started France's first three victories against Scotland, Ireland and Wales but was rested on the bench for the Italy game because he had not fully recovered from an ankle injury suffered in a club game during the Six Nations break.

Delon Armitage was dropped for England's squad last night clearing the way for Ben Foden to make his first Test start at full-back.Armitage has paid the price for a slump in form, dropping out of the 22-man squad altogether.

England's captain Steve Borthwick will be assessed before today's team announcement after undergoing treatment for a long-standing wear and tear problem in his knee.

However winger Ugo Monye is unavailable while Jonny Wilkinson's position at fly-half is under threat.

France (v England) -- C Poitrenaud; M Andreu, M Bastareaud, Y Jauzion, A Palisson; F Trinh-Duc, M Parra; T Domingo, W Servat, N Mas, L Nallet, J Pierre, T Dusautoir (Capt), J Bonnaire, I Harinordoquy. Reps: D Szarzewski, J-B Poux, S Chabal, A Lapandry, D Yachvili, D Marty, J Malzieu.

Irish Independent

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