Saint-Andre names unchanged line up
February 21, 2012
Morgan Parra starts at scrum-half for France © Getty Images
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has opted to keep the same squad which was set to take to the field against Ireland ahead of Sunday's clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.
Les Bleus' second round match with Ireland fell fowl to the weather but Saint-Andre has opted to keep the same squad for this Sunday's match. Julian Dupuy was a late addition to the side for the round two match with Dimitri Yachvili out with a back injury and the Biarritz half-back has failed to prove his fitness. Morgan Parra therefore gets the nod at scrum-half.
Louis Picamoles starts at openside, despite concerns over his fitness, with Julien Bonnaire ready to step in if called upon.
And while Scotland present a different challenge to Ireland, Saint-Andre felt it was only fair to give the starting XV their chance.
"Nobody has done badly. Everyone is having a good preparation," he said in comments reported by L'Equipe. "We decided to keep the same team even though we must coach them differently. Scotland play well, keeping the ball a lot and having a lot of creativity. It will be a big test for us."
France: Maxime Médard, Vincent Clerc, Aurélien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu, François Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Papé, Yoann Maestri, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Louis Picamoles, Imanol Harinordoquy
Replacements: William Servat, Vincent Debaty, Lionel Nallet, Julien Bonnaire, Julian Dupuy, Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Mermoz
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