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France lose Yachvilli – Scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili has been ruled out of France’s clash with Italy in Rome this weekend after picking up a thigh injury.
This sees Morgan Parra promoted to the starting line-up while Julien Tomas provides scrumhalf cover from the wood.
France (Revised) – 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Yannick Jauzion, 11 Vincent Clerc, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Sebastien Chabal, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir captain), 5 Lionel Nallet, 4 Julien Pierre, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 William Servat, 1 Sylvain Marconnet.
Subs: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Luc Ducalcon, 18 Jerome Thion, 19 Imanol Harinordoquy, 20 Julien Thomas, 21 Damien Traille, 22 Clement Poitrenaud.
Mallett rings changes – Nick Mallett made six changes to his team for Italy’s game against France in Rome this Saturday.
In the pack, prop Andrea Lo Cicero and hooker Carlo Festuccia come in for Salvatore Perugini and Leonardo Ghiraldini respectively, while South African-born lock Carlo Del Fava replaces fellow Saffa Quintin Geldenhuys.
Wing Tommaso Benvenuti is promoted to the starting line-up, which sees Andrea Masi switch to fullback while Luck McLean drops to the bench. Flyhalf Luciano Orquera and inside centre Gonzalo Garcia are also preferred ahead of Kris Burton and Alberto Sgarbi.
Italy – 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Carlo Del Fava, 4 Santiao Dellape, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Subs: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Salvatore Perugini, 18 Quintin Geldenhuys, 19 Paul Derbyshire, 20 Pablo Canavosio, 21 Kris Burton, 22 Luke McLean.