Freddie fires up French

Frederic Michalak will play for France against Scotland in this weekend’s opening round of the Six Nations.

Uncapped Bourgoin flyhalf Benjamin Boyer, who would have started had injured forced out number 10 shirt if Michalak had been ruled out, has been named among the substitutes.

Fabien Pelous, who missed the November internationals because of suspension, also starts as captain.

Christophe Dominici and full-back Nicolas Brusque, another two not to have played in the 26-20 win against the Springboks in Paris, also return.

French: N Brusque (Biarritz); C Dominici (Stade Francais), F Fritz (Toulouse), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), C Heymans (Toulouse); F Michalak (Toulouse), JB Elissalde (Toulouse); R Martin (Stade Francais), J Bonnaire (Bourgoin), Y Nyanga (Toulouse), F Pelous (Toulouse, capt), J Thion (Biarritz), S Marconnet (Stade Francais), D Szarzewski (Stade Francais) and P de Villiers (Stade Francais). Subs: S Bruno (Sale), O Milloud (Bourgoin), L Nallet (Castres), T Lievremont (Biarritz), D Yachvili (Biarritz), B Boyet (Bourgoin), L Valbon (Brive).