Friday, February 25, 2011

France make four changes

France boss Marc Lievremont has decided to make four changes ahead of this weekend's crunch game against England at Twickenham. Lievremont has handed recalls to experienced quartet Sebastien Chabal, Vincent Clerc, Dimitri Yachvili and Yannick Jauzion.

Clement Poitrenaud will return to the bench after starting against Ireland with Maxime Medard switching to full-back from the wing despite missing training on Tuesday with a thigh problem. The versatile Damien Traille has also suffered demotion to the bench after starting France's opening two matches of this year's tournament. Morgan Parra and Julien Bonnaire are the other two who make way for this match as both sides look to continue their 100% record so far. Anyone looking to bet on England Scotland rugby should keep a close eye on this match to see how England are shaping up.

Lievremont has played down accusations that he is taking a risk by making changes to a winning side. To be fair to the French coach, it's not like he blooding untested youngster, the players recalled are all proven at this level.

"I don't have the feeling that I'm taking risks. To bring in lads like Vincent Clerc, Yannick Jauzion and Dimitri Yachvili into a clash which promises to be hostile is rather reassuring," he said.

The importance of this game won't be lost on either side with it likely that the winner this weekend will go on to lift the trophy and possibly the Grand Slam. With the World Cup coming up later in the year, a Grand Slam in the Six Nations will be the perfect preparation.

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