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Injured Pape misses out for Les Bleus

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has kept faith with the players humbled by Italy for his side's second game of this year's RBS 6 Nations, against Wales on Saturday.

Saint-Andre has made just one enforced change to his side, with injured captain Pascal Pape replaced by Toulon lock Jocelino Suta.

Back-row forward Thierry Dusautoir will return to the captaincy in the absence of Pape, who suffered a lower back injury during the shock 23-18 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

The same personnel will be given the chance to make amends for that result, with Saint-Andre calling for a much-improved team effort against a Wales side also looking to bounce back from an opening defeat, against Ireland on Saturday.

He said: "With Yannick (Bru) and Patrice (Lagisquet, Saint-Andre's assistants), we have looked back several times over the match, analysed and dissected the game and the players.

"Our team must rediscover their collective spirit, their enthusiasm and spontaneity.

"To work with this group and refine the team's rhythm for this short week, we have not made any changes except for the injury to Pascal Pape."

France squad to face Wales on Saturday:

Forwards: V Debaty (Clermont), Y Forestier (Castres), B Kayser (Clermont), D Szarzewski (Racing Metro), L Ducalcon (Racing Metro), N Mas (Perpignan), Y Maestri (Toulouse), J Suta (Toulon), R Taofifenua (Perpignan), D Chouly (Clermont), T Dusautoir (captain, Toulouse), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), L Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: M Machenaud (Racing Metro), M Parra (Clermont), F Michalak (Toulon), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M Bastareaud (Toulon), B Fall (Racing Metro), W Fofana (Clermont), F Fritz (Toulouse), Y Huget (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Toulon).


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