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France change it up for England clash

21 February 2013

  • Eight changes made to starting XV since Wales loss
  • Parra and Trinh-Duc to bolster the France back line
Francois Trinh Duc will start at fly half

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France coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has made eight changes to his starting line-up to face England on Saturday with Morgan Parra and Francois Trinh-Duc set to start.

The French are yet to grab a win in this year’s RBS Six Nations, losing to both Italy and Wales, which has forced Saint-Andre to overhaul his starting XV in hope of notching up a first victory at Twickenham.

The most obvious changes are in the back line, where Parra replaces Maxime Machenaud at No.9 and Trinh Duc comes in for Frederic Michalak at fly half. Wesley Fofana moves in off the right wing to his more favoured inside centre position in place of Maxime Mermoz, where he will line-up alongside Mathieu Bastareaud. The experienced Vincent Clerc will replace Fofana on the wing.

The major change in the pack is in the back row, where Yannick Nyanga comes in for Fulgence Ouedraogo, while Christophe Samson starting instead of Jocelino Suta at lock.

On the front row Nicolas Mas is the only player remaining from the Wales game, with Benjamin Kayser and Thomas Domingo getting the nod.

France team to face England:

15 Yoann Huget
14 Vincent Clerc
13 Mathieu Bastareaud
12 Wesley Fofana
11 Benjamin Fall
10 Francois Trinh-Duc
9 Morgan Parra
1 Thomas Domingo
2 Benjamin Kayser
3 Nicolas Mas
4 Christophe Samson
5 Yoann Maestri
6 Yannick Nyanga
7 Thierry Dusautoir
8 Louis Picamoles


16 Dimitri Szarzewki
17 Vincent Debaty
18 Luc Ducalcon
19 Jocelino Suta
20 Antonie Claassen
21 Maxime Machenaud
22 Frederic Michalak
23 Florian Fritz