FRANCE COACH Philippe Saint-Andre has dropped half-backs Morgan Parra and Francois Trinh-Duc to the bench for their RBS 6 Nations game against England on Sunday.
Toulouse fly-half Lionel Beauxis comes in for Trinh-Duc while former Leicester scrum-half Julien Dupuy, who now plays for Stade Francais, will don the No 9 jersey at Stade de France.
Neither Beauxis nor Dupuy have started a Test since 2009, but Saint-Andre is backing them to deliver a win against England and maintain France’s Six Nations title bid after their 17-17 draw with Ireland on Sunday.
“We can still win the tournament,” said Saint-Andre. “We will get together to produce a big performance against England. We will look to be a bit more tactically astute.”
FRANCE TEAM TO PLAY ENGLAND, SUNDAY 11 MARCH, STADE DE FRANCE
Clement Poitrenaud; Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu; Lionel Beauxis, Julien Dupuy; Jean-Baptiste Poux, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri,Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy.
Replacements: William Servat, Vincent Debaty, Lionel Nallet, Louis Picamoles, Morgan Parra, Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Mermoz.Like Rugby World? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.