French wheel turns again

France coach Marc Lièvremont has made nine changes for the Tricolores’ game against Italy on Sunday.

Of the side that lost to England two weeks ago, flyhalf François Trinh-Duc, No 8 Louis Picamoles, lock Lionel Nallet, prop Nicolas Mas and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski are the only six starters to remain.

Two players are set for their national debuts, with Bourgoin centre Yann David and Auch prop Fabien Barcella granted a start.

France Р15 Anthony Floch, 14 Aur̩lien Rougerie, 13 Yann David, 12 Yannick Jauzion, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Fran̤ois Trinh-Duc, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Ibrahim Diarra, 5 J̩r̫me Thion, 4 Lionel Nallet (c), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Fabien Barcella.
Subs: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Arnaud Méla, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Julien Thomas, 21 Damien Traille, 22 Vincent Clerc