Chabal handed France start
Number eight among four alterations to starting XV for Twickenham
Last Updated: February 22, 2011 3:17pm
Chabal: Twickenham mission
France have made four changes for Saturday's RBS Six Nations fixture against England at Twickenham.
There are recalls for Sebastien Chabal, Vincent Clerc, Dimitri Yachvili and Yannick Jauzion, while Maxime Medard switches from wing to full-back to replace Clement Poitrenaud.
Poitrenaud was brought into the side which went on to beat Ireland 25-22 last time out as part of a reshuffle triggered by an injury to Maxime Mermoz, but drops back to the bench.
Damien Traille, who operated at full-back in the opening 34-21 win over Scotland before moving to centre against Ireland, also switches to the bench.
Morgan Parra and Julien Bonnaire also make way as France look to make it three wins out of three against the only other side boasting a 100 percent record after two games.
Medard has been included despite a thigh injury that forced him to miss training on Tuesday.
"I think that there will be a lot of rhythm and intensity in the match and again the bench will be important," said France coach Marc Lievremont.
"I don't have the feeling that I'm taking risks. To bring in lads like Vincent Clerc, Yannick Jauzion and Dimitri Yachvili into a clash which promises to be hostile is rather reassuring.
"Above all we wanted to reward the replacements while sending out a competitive team.
"We wanted to have an offensive trio available because you can have the idea that its going to be a fast game.
"Maxime Medard will be surrounded by Yohann Huget and Vincent Clerc. In the scrum, Dimitri Yachvili has been replacement for a little bit. It's good to involve him again."
France:15 M Medard, 14 Y Huget, 13 A Rougerie, 12 Y Jauzion, 11 V Clerc, 10 F Trinh-Duc, 9 D Yachvili; 1 T Domingo, 2 W Servat, 3 N Mas, 4 J Pierre, 5 L Nallet, 6 T Dusautoir (capt), 7 I Harinordoquy, 8 S Chabal
Replacements: 16 G Guirado, 17 S Marconnet, 18 J Thion, 19 J Bonnaire, 20 M Parra, 21 D Traille, 22 C Poitrenaud