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Caveman on French bench - Sebastien Chabal has been left on the bench for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland at Stade de France. Imanol Harinordoquy has been named ahead of Chabal at No 8.
Centre Yannick Jauzion has been left out of the 22-man squad altogether with Maxime Mermoz getting a chance to wear the No 12 jersey on Saturday. The other notable change is Damien Traille at fullback. He played flyhalf during France’s November Tests.
France – 15 Damien Traille, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Lionel Nallet, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 William Servat, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Substitutes: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Luc Ducalcon, 18 Jerome Thion, 19 Sebastien Chabal, 20 Dimitri Yachvili, 21 David Skrela, 22 Clement Poitrenaud.
Scots change three – Andy Robinson made three personnel changes and two positional changes to the team that played Samoa in November ahead of Saturday’s match against defending Six Nations champions France in Paris.
Nick De Luca will play at inside centre in place of the injured Graeme Morrison while Sean Lamont has been demoted to the bench to make way for Max Evans at wing. Kelly Brown takes the No 8 jersey with Richie Vernon moving to the bench and captain Alastair Kellock returning to the second-row. Nathan Hines takes Brown’s former position at blindside flank to make way for his skipper at lock.
Scotland - 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Nikki Walker, 13 Joe Ansbro, 12 Nick De Luca, 11 Max Evans, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Rory Lawson, 8 Kelly Brown, 7 John Barclay, 6 Nathan Hines, 5 Alastair Kellock (c), 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Subs: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Moray Low, 18 Richie Vernon, 19 Ross Rennie, 20 Mike Blair, 21 Ruaridh Jackson, 22 Sean Lamont.
Halfpenny worry for Wales - Wing Leigh Halfpenny was stretchered off during a training session on Monday. The 22-year-old may have suffered an ankle injury and is in doubt for Friday’s opening Six Nations match against England.
Halfpenny already missed Wales’ November Tests due to an ankle injury and a scan will determine the extent of his latest injury. Morgan Stoddart is Halfpenny’s likely replacement for the match at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium.
Wales are already missing George North, Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Tom Shanklin, Andrew Bishop and Richie Rees in their line up.