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Plisson and Debaty to face England

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made a couple of changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown against England with Jules Plisson and Vincent Debaty set to start.

Stade Francais fly-half Plisson comes in for the injured Camille Lopez, who sustained a badly bruised knee during Sunday's 29-0 triumph over Italy, while loosehead prop Eddy Ben Arous has also been ruled out for the match at Twickenham as Vincent makes a start.

Plisson, who impressed as he came off the bench and scored 10 points against Italy, broke his nose at the Stadio Olimpico but has been passed fit to take on leaders England.

Saint-Andre told www.lequipe.fr: "At Twickenham, I need players that are a hundred percent fit, and Camille was doubtful on Wednesday. Jules has a broken nose but he is determined to play. He's okay for Saturday."

Veteran France prop Thomas Domingo had been tipped to replace Ben Arous as he joined up with the squad for training this week, but Saint-Andre believes he has sufficient cover on the replacements bench in Uini Atonio and Rabah Slimani.

He added: "With Uini Atonio and Rabah Slimani, we have two versatile players.

"It's hard for Thomas (Domingo) but it is difficult to assimilate into two training sessions (what is needed). We trust those who are with us from the start of the Six Nations."

Les Bleus' victory last weekend - their second of the tournament - took them to within two points of England, who sit level with Ireland and Wales.

There is still a slight chance France can lift the trophy if they can beat England on their home turf and the other two results go their way with Wales travelling to Italy and Scotland at home to the Irish.

The 23-year-old Plisson, who has already won five caps for France since making his debut last year, was pleased to get a starting chance against England and insisted that he would "have fun" on the pitch during Saturday's encounter.

He told www.ffr.fr: "I am relaxed, unlike last year.

"I feel better, I am physically (better) and I think that has made the difference mentally.

"We will play the English, it's great, it's a huge opportunity to play this team.

"When I'm on the field, I want to have fun, to create things. I like to feel that the guys around me take pleasure in making passes.

"I am aware that I have to bring something new that will make the difference."

He added: "I am convinced that we have something to do in England, we have nothing to lose, they are the favourites."

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