Fresh injury woe for France
February 24, 2010
Castres winger Marc Andreu has been drafted onto France's bench © Getty Images
France have been hit by the withdrawals of wing Benjamin Fall and lock Pascal Pape ahead of Friday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.
Bayonne three-quarter Fall missed the 33-10 victory over Ireland in Paris 11 days ago with a neck injury, but it is an ankle injury suffered in training that keeps him out this time and his place is taken by Julien Malzieu of Clermont Auvergne. Castres' Marc Andreu comes on to the bench as a result.
Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape suffered an ankle injury of his own in training and his place is taken by Clermont's Julien Pierre with former Sale forward Sebastien Chabal coming on to the replacements bench.
France: C Poitrenaud (Toulouse); J Malzieu (Clermont Auvergne), M Bastareaud (Stade Francais), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), A Palisson (Brive); F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne); T Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), W Servat (Toulouse), N Mas (Perpignan), L Nallet (Racing-Metro), J Pierre (Bourgoin), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz)
Replacements: D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), J-B Poux (Toulouse), S Chabal (Racing Metro), A Lapandry (Clermont Auvergne), F Michalak (Toulouse), D Marty (Perpignan), M Andreu (Castres)