Six Nations: Frederic Michalak retains place at fly-half for clash with Scotland

Last Updated: 14/03/13 10:18am

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Frederic Michalak: Calls for the fly-half to be dropped

Frederic Michalak: Calls for the fly-half to be dropped

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France boss Philippe Saint-Andre has kept faith with Frederic Michalak for Saturday's Six Nations basement battle with Scotland.

Saint-Andre has been pressured to drop the fly-half after a string of poor performances in the competition, his erratic kicking in the 13-13 draw with Ireland coming under particular scrutiny.

But the France boss is confident the Toulon star will rediscover his best form against Scotland, and that he will have the backing of the home crowd in Paris.

"The Stade de France will be behind the France team and Michalak. I cannot imagine that those who celebrated him in November will boo," said Saint-Andre, who has made three changes to the side that started the Dublin draw.

Infection

Antonie Claassen makes his first international start in place of Yannick Nyanga as blindside flanker, and Sebastien Vahaamahina takes over from Christophe Samson at lock.

Yoann Maestri has overcome a sore shoulder and will partner Vahaamahina, who also makes his first Test start.

Mathieu Bastareaud starts at outside centre as Florian Fritz is still not recovered from a foot infection, although he is expected to be named on the bench with Gael Fickou acting as cover.

France: Huget, Clerc, Bastareaud, Fofana, Medard, Michalak, Parra; Picamoles, Dusautoir, Claassen, Maestri, Vahaamahina, Mas, Kayser, Domingo.
Replacements: Guirado, Debaty, Ducalcon, Samson, Nyanga, Machenaud, Trinh-Duc, Fritz/Fickou.

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