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Philippe Saint-Andre rings changes for France

Updated: Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 18:15 | Comments

Yoann Huget keeps his place on the wing for France
Yoann Huget keeps his place on the wing for France

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre has made seven changes for his side’s starting line-up for their Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday:

The starting XV features a new back-row unit following Les Bleus' 27-6 loss to Wales last time out, with Perpignan lock Sebastien Vahaamahina selected at blindside flanker, joining openside Alexandre Lapandry and number eight Damien Chouly.

Vahaamahina replaces the injured Yannick Nyanga, with Lapandry in for Wenceslas Lauret and Chouly taking over from Louis Picamoles, who was axed by Saint-Andre after he sarcastically applauded referee Alain Rolland following his sin-binning against Wales.

Elsewhere, Castres hooker Brice Mach, continuing a remarkable recovery from thyroid cancer, fills the vacancy created by an injury to Dimitri Szarzewski, while three switches among the backs see Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz replace the injured Wesley Fofana, Toulouse wing Maxime Medard preferred to Hugo Bonneval and Racing Metro scrum-half Maxime Machenaud selected instead of Jean-Marc Doussain.

France, despite suffering their heaviest defeat against Wales since 1950, are still in the Six Nations title mix along with Wales, England and Ireland.

And they will head to Edinburgh on the back of seven successive victories over Scotland since they suffered a 20-16 reversal in 2006.

Rabah Slimani returns from a two-week ban for headbutting in France’s game against Italy to take a place on the bench.

France: B Dulin; Y Huget, M Bastareaud, M Mermoz, M Medard; J Plisson, M Machenaud; T Domingo, B Mach, N Mas; P Pape (Captain), Y Maestri; S Vahaamahina, A Lapandry, D Chouly.

Replacements: G Guirado, V Debaty, R Slimani, A Flanquart, A Claassen, J-M Doussain, R Tales, G Fickou.

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