France start Plisson and Debaty

Date published: March 19 2015

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France have made two enforced changes to their line-up that will face England at Twickenham, as Jules Plisson and Vincent Debaty come in.

The duo replace the injured Camille Lopez and Eddy Ben Arous at fly-half and loosehead prop respectively for 2015's edition of Le Crunch this Saturday.

Louis Picamoles and Thomas Domingo have not made the matchday 23 as head coach Philippe Saint-André decides to stick with Damien Chouly as his back-row option off the bench whilst opting for Uini Atonio as loosehead cover.

France enter the game on the back of a 29-0 win over Italy in Rome and still have slim hopes of winning the Six Nations Championship should they prevail and other results go their way at the Stadio Olimpico and Murrayfield.

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Sébastian Tillous-Borde, 8 Loann Goujon, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Vincent Debaty.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Rémi Talès, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.

Date: Saturday, March 21
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
Venue: Twickenham
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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