Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Same again for Les Bleus

Philippe Saint-Andre

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has named the same side that had been due to play Ireland for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland.

Saint-Andre has chosen to go with the same 15 that had been set to take to the field against Ireland on February 11, only for the game to be postponed due to freezing conditions in Paris.

While Scotland present a different challenge to Ireland, Saint-Andre felt it was only fair to give the starting XV their chance.

"Nobody has done badly. Everyone is having a good preparation," he said in comments reported by L'Equipe.

"We decided to keep the same team even though we must coach them differently. Scotland play well, keeping the ball a lot and having a lot of creativity. It will be a big test for us."

France team: M Medard (Toulouse); V Clerc (Toulouse), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), W Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), J Malzieu (Clermont Auvergne); F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne); J-B Poux (Toulouse), D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), N Mas (Perpignan), P Pape (Stade Francais), Y Maestri (Toulouse), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz), L Picamoles (Toulouse).

Replacements: W Servat (Toulouse), V Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), L Nallet (Racing Metro), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), J Dupuy (Stade Francais) L Beauxis (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Perpignan).

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