x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

France ring the changes

France make four changes to the team which started last weekend's defeat against Ireland for Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland in Paris.

The France winger Cedric Heymans, right, will start against Scotland in Paris on Saturday in place of Julien Malzieu.
The France winger Cedric Heymans, right, will start against Scotland in Paris on Saturday in place of Julien Malzieu.

France have made four changes to the team which started last weekend's defeat against Ireland for Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland in Paris. Julien Malzieu makes way for Cedric Heymans on the left wing in the only change in the backs. Fabien Barcella, Nicolas Mas and Romain Millo-Chluski come in for Lionel Faure, Benoît Lecouls and Sebastien Chabal in the pack. The Toulouse prop Lecouls suffered a recurrence of a neck injury against Ireland and dropped out of the squad on Sunday. His replacement, Dax's Renaud Boyoud, is named on the bench, with Sale prop Faure dropping out of the 22 altogether. Centre Florian Fritz has been cited for allegedly eye-gauging an Ireland player, thought to be Stephen Ferris, at Croke Park on Saturday and will appear before a Six Nations disciplinary committee in London tomorrow. He nevertheless makes the starting line-up and is one of five Toulouse players in the backline. Chabal, whose work-rate was criticised in Les Bleus' 30-21 defeat to Ireland, drops to the bench and will be used as an impact substitute for the second row.

*PA Sport