France change two for Scotland after a record Six Nations defeat to Ireland

Dylan Coetzee
France stars Cameron Woki and Louis Bielle-Biarrey celebrate.

France stars Cameron Woki and Louis Bielle-Biarrey celebrate.

France head coach Fabien Galthie has made two changes to his starting lineup that will face Scotland at Murrayfield this weekend with the hopes of bouncing back after defeat to Ireland in Round One.

In the backline, Rugby World Cup starlet Louis Bielle-Biarrey is elevated to the starting lineup on the left wing in place of Yoram Moefana with the prolific duo of Thomas Ramos and Damian Penaud completing a venomous back-three.

The midfield does not change with veteran centre Gael Fickou starting alongside Jonathan Danty, who will be desperate to be more influential this week. The half-back pairing of Matthieu Jalibert and scrum-half Maxime Lucu are retained for the Scotland game, with talisman Antoine Dupont unavailable for the Six Nations due to Sevens commitments.

One change in the pack

The change in the pack sees star second-row Cameron Woki come in for Paul Willemse, who is suspended. He is joined by Paul Gabrillagues, who was a shining light in a losing cause last week. The front-row remains the same with massive props Uini Atonio and Cyrill Baille joined by the energetic Peato Mauvaka at hooker.

Gregory Alldritt skippers the team from number eight again, with Francois Cros and the elusive Charles Ollivon on the flanks.

Hooker Julien Marchand stays on the bench this weekend, with Sebastien Taofifenua and Dorian Aldegheri as front-row replacements. France have gone with a 6-2 split as young sensation Posolo Tuilagi is named on the bench again, with possible debutant Alexandre Roumat – son of ex-France international  Olivier – and Paul Boudehent the other forward options.

Livewire scrum-half Nolann Le Garrec is joined by versatile Moefana as backline replacements.

Galthie will know the threat Scotland can bring particularly on their hallowed turf at Murrayfield. The coach has never lost three games in a row whilst being at the helm of Les Bleus – a record which could be at risk this weekend.

The lineup

France: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Maxime Lucu, 8 Grégory Alldritt (c), 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 François Cros, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchard, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Posolo Tuilagi, 20 Alexandre Roumat, 21 Paul Boudehent, 22 Nolann Le Garrec, 23 Yoram Moefana

Date: Saturday, February 10
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 14:15 GMT
Referee: Nic Berry (RA)
Assistant Referees: Nika Amashukeli (GRU), Jordan Way (RA)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

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