Six Nations: France make one change to their team to face Wales

Last Updated: 19/02/14 10:26am

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France pick Wenceslas Lauret to face Wales

France pick Wenceslas Lauret to face Wales

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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made just one change to his team for Friday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.

Saint-Andre has picked back-rower Wenceslas Lauret to replace Racing Metro team-mate Bernard Le Roux who was injured during the 30-10 win over Italy.

Saint-Andre otherwise retains the team that posted a second successive Six Nations victory this season as Les Bleus target a win that would keep them on course for the title and Grand Slam.

Changes on the replacements' bench include a call-up for Castres back Remi Tales, while his club colleague - hooker Brice Mach - steps in for an injured Benjamin Kayser.

Lauret last played for France in the November Tests against world champions New Zealand and South Africa, but sustained a groin muscle injury late last year that sidelined him for several weeks.

He returned to action for his team in the Top-14 championship last Saturday and impressed Saint-Andre in the 18-8 win over Bayonne.

"He turned in a quality performance against Bayonne and he was a logical choice for selection as he brings us balance to the back row," Saint-Andre said.

France have beaten Wales on five of their previous seven Six Nations visits to the Millennium Stadium, while Wales - crushed 26-3 by Ireland last time out - have not lost successive Six Nations games since 2010.

France: 15 Dulin, 14 Huget, 13 Bastareaud, 12 Fofana, 11 Bonneval, 10 Plisson, 9 Doussain, 1 Domingo, 2 Szarzewski, 3 Mas, 4 Pape (c), 5 Maestri, 6 Nyanga, 7 Lauret, 8 Picamoles.
Replacements: 16 Mach, 17 Forestier, 18 Debaty, 19 Vahaamahina, 20 Chouly, 21 Machenaud, 22 Tales, 23 Fickou

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