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Bastareaud returns for France

07th February 2013 08:55


Mathieu Bastareaud stretching off

Returning: Mathieu Bastareaud

Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud will start at outside centre for France in one of two changes for Saturday's game with Wales.

Bastareaud comes in for Florian Fritz, who drops to the bench, reuniting him with Toulon team-mate Maxime Mermoz in midfield.

The other change sees Toulon lock Jocelino Suta replace the injured Pascal Papé to partner Yoann Maestri.

Thierry Dusautoir, France's captain during the previous Six Nations campaign, is named skipper in Papé's absence as France look to bounce back from last weekend's shock 23-18 defeat against Italy in Rome.

France: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Benjamin Fall, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Jocelino Suta, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Yannick Forestier
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Florian Fritz.

Date: Saturday, February 9:
Venue: Stade de France
Kick-off: 18.00 local (17.00 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Television match official: Giulio De Santis (Italy)

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