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France call up Tales and Lapandry


Alexandre Lapandry has been called up to the France squad

Alexandre Lapandry has been called up to the France squad

Alexandre Lapandry has been called up to the France squad

Remi Tales and Alexandre Lapandry have been called up as France coach Philippe Saint-Andre makes two changes to his 30-man squad for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales on February 21.

Castres fly-half Tales has been brought in to replace Montpellier's Francois Trinh-Duc for France's trip to the Millennium Stadium, while Clermont Auvergne flanker Lapandry joins the squad after Bernard Le Roux was listed as uncertain due to injury - with Geoffrey Palis missing out.

The 29-year-old Tales failed to recover from an arm injury in time for the two opening Six Nations matches after he sustained a biceps injury playing for Castres against Leinster in the Heineken Cup last month, but he returns for the trip to Wales.

Saint-Andre's men claimed a 30-10 victory over Italy in Paris on Sunday to remain unbeaten - alongside Ireland - after their 26-24 opening-round win over England to sit second in the table on points difference.

Wales, who followed up their opening win over Italy with a disappointing 26-3 defeat to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, will be hoping to bounce back from that loss with a strong showing against France.

France squad: Forwards; T Domingo (Clermont), Y Forestier (Castres), B Kayser (Clermont), D Szarzewski (Racing Metro), N Mas (Montpellier), R Slimani (Stade Francais), A Flanquart (Stade Francais), Y Maestri (Toulouse), P Pape (Stade Francais), S Vaahamahina (Perpignan), V Bruni (Toulon), I Diarra (Castres), A Lapandry (Clermont), B Le Roux (Racing Metro), Y Nyanga (Toulouse), D Chouly (Clermont), L Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs; J-M Doussain (Toulouse), M Machenaud (Racing Metro), Js Plisson (Stade Francais), R Tales (Castres), Bastareaud (Toulon), G Fickou (Toulouse), W Fofana (Clermont), M Mermoz (Toulon), M Andreu (Racing Metro), Y Huget (Toulouse), M Medard (Toulouse), H Bonneval (Stade Francais), B Dulin (Castres).