Monday 16 July 2018

Les Bleus forced into two changes

Marc Lievremont
Marc Lievremont

France coach Marc Lievremont has made two enforced changes for Les Bleus' RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff on Friday night.

Wing Vincent Clerc and flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo are both out of the Millennium Stadium encounter due to injury.

Bayonne's Benjamin Fall replaces Clerc, while experienced Clermont Auvergne forward Julien Bonnaire takes over from Ouedraogo in the back-row alongside captain Thierry Dusautoir and number eight Imanol Harinordoquy.

There is also a switch on the bench, where injured Stade Francais prop Sylvain Marconnet is replaced by Toulouse's Jean-Baptiste Poux.

France lead the Six Nations following victories over Scotland and Ireland, but they were beaten 29-12 by Wales on their last trip to Cardiff two years ago.

France team - C Poitrenaud (Toulouse); B Fall (Bayonne), M Bastareaud (Stade Francais), Y Jauzion (Toulouse),  A Palisson (Brive); F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne); T Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), W Servat (Toulouse), N Mas (Perpignan), L Nallet (Racing-Metro), P Pape (Stade Francais), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz).

Replacements: D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), J-B Poux (Toulouse), J Pierre (Clermont Auvergne), A Lapandry (Clermont Auvergne), F Michalak (Toulouse), D Marty (Perpignan), J Malzieu (Clermont Auvergne).

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