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France change three for Azzurri

07th February 2014 08:31


France s full back Hugo Bonneval C training

Test debut: Hugo Bonneval

France have made three changes to their starting line-up for Sunday's Six Nations clash with Italy as Hugo Bonneval makes his Test debut.

Stade Français full-back Bonneval will start on the wing in the place of Maxime Médard, who has been dropped from the matchday squad.

Up front, Dimitri Szarzewski is rewarded for his game-changing break against England as he starts at hooker ahead of Benjamin Kayser.

In the second row, Yoann Maestri starts alongside skipper Pascal Papé as Alexandre Flanquart drops out of the squad and Sebastien Vahaamahina joins bench.

There is one further change to the replacements as an extra backline player is added with Francois Trinh-Duc returning. The fly-half fills the place vacated by injured loose forward Antoine Burban.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Hugo Bonneval, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Jean-Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri 4 Pascal Papé (c), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Yannick Forestier, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Gael Fickou

Date: Sunday, February 9
Venue: Stade de France, St Denis (Paris)
Kick-off: 16.00 local (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)

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