Wounded France makes 7 changes for Scotland trip
PARIS (AP) — France has made seven changes to its team ahead of Saturday’s trip to Scotland in the Six Nations after an embarrassing loss to Wales.
Perpignan lock Sebastien Vahaamahina comes in for the injured Yannick Nyanga, with Clermont flanker Alexandre Lapandry and No. 8 Damien Chouly replacing Wenceslas Lauret and Louis Picamoles in an all-new back row.
Picamoles has been dropped after sarcastically applauding referee Alain Rolland following his sin-binning against Wales.
Wesley Fofana is out for the rest of the tournament and will be replaced by Toulon center Maxime Mermoz. Toulouse wing Maxime Medard and Racing Metro scrum-half Maxime Machenaud have been selected instead of Hugo Bonneval and Jean-Marc Doussain.
Castres hooker Brice Mach replaces the injured Dimitri Szarzewski.
Rabah Slimani returns from a two-week ban for headbutting Michele Rizzo in France’s game against Italy to take a place on the bench.
France won its opening two matches in the Six Nations but lost 27-6 at Millenium Stadium last time. However, it is one of four teams level on points and beating Scotland would set up a final showdown with Ireland at Stade de France.
France: Brice Dulin, Yoann Huget, Mathieu Bastareaud, Maxime Mermoz, Maxime Medard, Jules Plisson, Maxime Machenaud; Damien Chouly, Alexandre Lapandry, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape (captain), Nicolas Mas, Brice Mach, Thomas Domingo. Reserves: Guilhem Guirado, Vincent Debaty, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Antonie Claassen, Jean-Marc Doussain, Remi Tales, Gael Fickou.