Vahaamahina back for France against Wales

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:54
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France have made one change for their final Six Nations match this season, against Wales on Saturday, with coach Guy Noves bringing Sebastien Vahaamahina back into the second row.

Vahaamahina missed Les Bleus' previous outing, a 40-18 victory over Italy in Rome last weekend, with a back injury.

His return sees Julien Le Devedec drop to the bench in place of Paul Jedrasiak, with loose forward Damien Chouly and hooker Camille Chat also handed spots among the replacements at the expense of South African-born Bernard Le Roux and the injured Christopher Tolofua respectively.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Fabien Sanconnie, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget.

Date: Saturday, March 18
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 15.45 (14.45 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

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