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France make two changes to side that'll aim to deny England a Grand Slam

Guy Noves has resisted the urge to make wholesale adjustments following the defeat to Scotland.

France's Bernard Le Roux.
France's Bernard Le Roux.
Image: Francois Mori

BERNARD LE ROUX and Loann Goujon have been drafted into France’s starting line-up for Saturday evening’s Six Nations encounter with England at the Stade de France (8.00pm).

Head coach Guy Noves has included the pair in the back-row for the final game of his maiden Six Nations campaign in charge, as the French aim to secure a win that would prevent England from claiming the Grand Slam.

Damien Chouly is the only member of the back-row retained from last weekend’s defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield, but the Clermont Auvergne man moves to blindside flanker for the visit of Eddie Jones’ undefeated side.

Goujon takes the number eight shirt instead of Chouly, Le Roux starts at openside, while Wenceslas Lauret and Yacouba Camara are left out, although Lauret has been named among the replacements. The rest of the team remains unchanged.

France (v England)

15. Scott Spedding
14. Wesley Fofana
13. Gael Fickou
12. Maxime Mermoz
11. Virimi Vakatawa
10. Francois Trinh-Duc
9. Maxime Machenaud

1. Jefferson Poirot
2. Guilhem Guirado (captain)
3. Rabah Slimani
4. Yoann Maestri
5. Alexandre Flanquart
6. Damien Chouly
7. Bernard Le Roux
8. Loann Goujon

Replacements:

16. Camille Chat
17. Uini Atonio
18. Xavier Chiocci
19. Paul Jedrasiak
20. Wenceslas Lauret
21. Sebastien Bezy
22. Jules Plisson
23. Maxime Medard

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