France start Vakatawa, Dulin

Date published: March 9 2017

France head coach Guy Novès has made a handful of changes to his starting XV that will face Italy in Rome in Round 4 of the Six Nations.

Two changes have been made to the backline that lost to Ireland in Dublin last time out as full-back Brice Dulin and wing Virimi Vakatawa come into the side for Scott Spedding and Yoann Huget respectively.

In the pack it’s an unchanged front-row but Julien Le Devedec gets the nod ahead of Sébastien Vahaamahina in the second-row while Fabien Sanconnie replaces Bernard le Roux on the flank for the fixture.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Rémi Lamerat, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Fabien Sanconnie, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Julien Le Devedec, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Bernard Le Roux, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget

Date: Saturday, March 11
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kick-off: 14:30 local (13:30 GMT)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), JP Doyle (England)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)