France change back row for England

Date published: March 17 2016

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France head coach Guy Novès has rejigged his back row for Saturday's Six Nations showdown with England in Paris.

Bernard le Roux returns on the openside flank where he replaces Yacouba Camara, who drops out of the matchday squad.

Meanwhile, Damien Chouly shifts from number eight to the blindside flank where he takes over from Wenceslas Lauret, who drops to the bench.

Loann Goujon, who was amongst the replacements in Sunday's loss to Scotland at Murrayfield, will start at number eight.

The rest of the starting line-up remains the same but there are a couple of changes on the replacements bench.

Xavier Chiocci comes in for the injured Vincent Pelo as a back-up prop while Paul Jedrasiak replaces Sebastien Vahaamahina as the reserve lock.

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Xavier Chiocci, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Wenceslas Lauret, 21 Sébastien Bézy, 22 Jules Plisson, Maxime Médard

Date: Saturday, March 19
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 21:00 local (20:00 GMT)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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