SEBASTIEN CHABAL and Dimitri Yachvili have been recalled to the France side to take on England this Saturday at Twickenham, kick off 5pm, as France bulk up for the physical threat of Martin Johnson’s side.
France coach Marc Lievremont has dropped scrum-half Morgan Parra (above) to the bench, where he will be joined by Julien Bonnaire, with Imanol Harinordoquy movinhg to flanker.
In the back three Maxime Medard goes to full-back from the wing with Clement Poitrenaud a replacement again and Vincent Clerc coming in on the wing, Yannick Jauzion taking Damien Traille’s spot at centre.
Clement Poitrenaud; Yoann Huget, Aurelien Rougerie, Yannick Jauzion, Vincent Clerc; Francois Trinh-Duc, Dimitri Yachvili; Thomas Domingo, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Julien Pierre, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Imanol Harinordoquy, Sebastien Chabal
16-Guilhem Guirado, 17-Sylvain Marconnet, 18-Jerome Thion, 19-Julien Bonnaire, 20-Morgan Parra, 21-Damien Traille, 22-Alexis Palisson
Lievremont said: “ ”We wanted to shake up the group. We’re putting out the same three-quarters that finished in Ireland so there’s a form of continuity. Against Scotland and Ireland, Jerome Thion and Sebastien Chabal, who are powerful players, came on during the game. We’re going to involve one from the start. Above all we wanted to reward the replacements while sending out a competitive team.
“Dimitri has shone against England but I think he has also had less successful performances against this team. What matters is that he is full of confidence right now. We’re going there with a new state of mind and a new confidence won in the first two games. We have the ambition to prove that we can be competitive. It would be a feat to go and win at Twickenham but I believe we have the means to do it.”