Saint-Andre rings the changes

by Setanta Staff , 15 March 2012

France have made five changes for Saturday's Six Nations match against Wales as they look to end the competition on a high.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has also made one positional switch as he looks for the win that could possibly see Les Bleus finish second in the table.

A sizeable victory over Wales coupled with a narrow win for the Irish over England could see that happen but it will be tough to get a positive result in Cardiff with the men in red gunning for the Grand Slam.

But Saint-Andre has rung the changes as they look to bounce back from defeat to England last time out.

Prop Nicolas Mas, hooker Dimitri Szarzewski and scrum-half Julien Dupuy have been dropped from the starting line-up.

Mas is replaced by the Stade Francais tighthead David Attoub, while experienced Toulouse hooker William Servat is in for Szarzewski and Dimitri Yachvili comes in at scrum-half.

Vincent Clerc is injured and so Wesley Fofana, who has scored a try in all four of France's Six Nations games this season, switches from centre to wing.

Florian Fritz takes Fofana's place in midfield alongside Aurelien Rougerie, with Alexis Palisson handed a starting berth on the wing.

Morgan Parra will remain on the bench as France try to prevent Wales from landing their third Grand Slam in eight seasons.


C Poitrenaud (Toulouse); W Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), F Fritz (Toulouse), A Palisson (Toulon); L Beauxis (Stade Francais), D Yachvili (Biarritz); J-B Poux (Toulouse), W Servat (Toulouse), D Attoub (Stade Francais), P Pape (Stade Francais), Y Maestri (Toulouse), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz).

Replacements D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), V Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), J Pierre (Clermont Auvergne), L Picamoles (Toulouse), M Parra (Clermont), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), J-M Buttin (Clermont Auvergne).

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