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Six Nations: Jules Plisson and Vincent Debaty get the nod for France


Jules Plisson

Jules Plisson

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Jules Plisson

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made a couple of changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow's RBS 6 Nations showdown against England at Twickenham 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.

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.

Saint-Andre said: "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."

France: S Spedding (Bayonne); Y Huget (Toulouse), G Fickou (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Toulon), N Nakaitaci (Clermont); J Plisson (Stade Francais), S Tillous-Borde (Toulon); V Debaty (Clermont), G Guirado (Toulon), N Mas (Montpellier), A Flanquart (Stade Francais), Y Maestri (Toulouse), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), B Le Roux (Racing Metro), L Goujon (La Rochelle).

Replacements: B Kayser (Clermont), R Slimani (Stade Francais), U Atonio (La Rochelle), R Taofifenua (Toulon), D Chouly (Clermont), R Kockott (Castres), R Tales (Castres), M Bastareaud (Toulon).

Belfast Telegraph