Saturday 16 December 2017

Traille surprise full-back

Damien Traille Photo: Getty Images
Damien Traille Photo: Getty Images

France coach Marc Lievremont has sprung a major surprise ahead of his side's Six Nations opener against Scotland in Paris by picking Damien Traille at full-back and leaving star centre Yannick Jauzion out of his match-day 22.

Lievremont's position has come under scrutiny in the wake of three heavy defeats from the last five Tests, with Les Bleus' last outing culminating in a crushing 59-16 home loss at the hands of Australia.

Traille played at out-half in that loss to the Wallabies, but he replaces Perpignan's Jerome Porical in the No 15 shirt.

There are five other changes as Maxime Mermoz is paired with Aurelien Rougerie in the centre in the absence of Jauzion, and Maxime Medard comes in at the expense of Alexis Palisson on the left wing.

Francois Trinh-Duc partners Morgan Parra at half-back, while Sebastien Chabal and Fulgence Ouedraogo drop out of the back- row as Julien Bonnaire and Imanol Harinordoquy come in.

France (v Scotland) -- D Traille, Y Huget, A Rougerie, M Mermoz, M Medard, F Trinh-Duc, M Parra; T Domingo, W Servat, N Mas; J Pierre, L Nallet; T Dusautoir, J Bonnaire, I Harinordoquy. Replacements: G Guirado, L Ducalcon, J Thion, S Chabal, D Yachvili, D Skrela, C Poitrenaud.

Irish Independent

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