France team to play England: Jacques Brunel has made one change for Le Crunch - Ruck

France team to play England: Jacques Brunel has made one change for Le Crunch

France head coach Jacques Brunel has made one change to the side that downed Italy in Marseille for the huge clash against England in the NatWest 6 Nations.

Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc comes in to partner Maxime Machenaud, replacing Lionel Beauxis for the showdown at the Stade de France.

Les Bleus ran in three tries against Italy in the South of France and will maintain the same attacking trio of Remy Gross, Hugo Bonneval and Benjamin Fall.

Mathieu Bastareaud, who was sensational against the Azzurri, continues at outside centre with Geoffrey Doumayrou joining him in the centre.

Marco Tauleigne makes his third successive appearance at No.8 with Yacouba Camara and Wenceslas Lauret continuing in the back row.


Paul Gabrillagues, who dotted down against the Italians last time, will join Sébastien Vahaamahina to form a powerful second row.

Captain Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani and Jefferson Poirot make up the rest of the pack to face the two-time defending NatWest 6 Nations champions.

France team to play England:
15. Hugo Bonneval
14. Benjamin Fall
13. Mathieu Bastareaud
12. Geoffrey Doumayrou
11. Remy Grosso
10. Francois Trinh-Duc
1. Jefferson Poirot
2. Guilhem Guirado
3. Rabah Slimani
4. Paul Gabrillagues
5. Sébastien Vahaamahina
6. Wenceslas Lauret
7. Yacouba Camara
8. Marco Tauleigne

16. Adrien Pelissie
17. Dany Priso
18. Cedate Gomes Sa
19. Romain Taofifenua
20. Kelian Galletier
21. Baptiste Couilloud
22. Lionel Beauxis
23. Gael Fickou