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France make changes at half back for clash with England

07 March 2012

  • France make two changes at half back for clash against England
  • Changes were a "strategic choice" – Philippe Saint-Andre
Fly half Lionel Beauxis tries to break a tackle in France's win over Scotland

Photo: Getty Images

France Head Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has changed his half back pairing for the clash against England in Paris on Sunday with Lionel Beauxis and Julien Dupuy replacing François Trinh-Duc and Morgan Parra.

The remaining match-day 22 is unchanged from the side which drew 17-17 with Ireland last weekend.

"It's a strategic choice on my part," said Saint-Andre.

"England are the team that occupy the field of play the most, especially away from home.

"It's also because during our first three games we struggled to really get going, and we had trouble getting out of our own half during the first 20 minutes."

France’s starting line-up has a wealth of experience with 623 Test caps between them and a further 241 on the bench.

The starting XV includes six players from Toulouse, four from Clermont Auvergne, three from Stade Français and one each from Perpignan and Biarritz.

England's match day 22 will announced at 9.50am on Friday, March 7 and you can see Stuart Lancaster's first thoughts on the team exclusively to RFU.com.

France team to face England

15 Poitrenaud, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Lionel Dupuy, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (capt), 5 Yohann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dmitri Szarzewski, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Replacements: 16 William Servat, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Lionel Nallet, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Maxime Mermoz