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Loann Goujon and Bernard Le Roux drafted into France back row for England clash

Published 17/03/2016

Number eight Loann Goujon has been called into the France team to play England
Number eight Loann Goujon has been called into the France team to play England

France have reshaped their back row as they attempt to prevent England from completing the Grand Slam in Paris on Saturday.

Les Bleus coach Guy Noves has responded to last weekend's defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield by drafting Loann Goujon and Bernard Le Roux into the back row.

Damien Chouly switches to blindside flanker to make room for Bordeaux-Begles number eight Goujon to win his 10th cap.

Gone from the 29-18 defeat in Edinburgh are flankers Yacouba Camara and Wenceslas Lauret, but the rest of the side is unchanged as France seek to bounce back from successive RBS 6 Nations defeats to Scotland and Wales.

"We need to bring the freshness in the team for Saturday's game," Noves was quoted as saying on the French Rugby Federation's official Twitter account.

"I believe in our team. I am sure that our team can take on great challenges.

"I believe our team can compete with the power of the English.

"This team is young, but we give them our confidence."

England have already won the Six Nations title but victory at the Stade de France will give them their first Grand Slam since 2003.

France team to play England at the Stade de France on Saturday:

Scott Spedding (Clermont Auvergne); Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Virimi Vakatawa (French Rugby Federation); Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92); Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon, capt), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont Auvergne), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Begles).

Replacements: Camille Chat (Racing 92), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Xavier Chiocci (Toulon), Paul Jedresiak (Clermont Auvergne), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Sebastien Bezy (Toulouse), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Maxime Medard (Toulouse).

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