France make two changes for England

Loann Goujon comes into the France starting line up

France head coach Guy Noves has made two changes to his starting line up for their final Six Nations match at the Stade de France on Saturday.

The match was expected to be a tournament decider but France were beaten 29-18 by Scotland last week so England have won the title and head to France with the aim of winning a Grand Slam.

Noves has accused his team of making “stupid mistakes” against Scotland last week but has resisted making big changes to the side.

Instead Noves has brought in Loann Goujon and Bernard Le Roux to the back row replacing Yacouba Camara et Wenceslas Lauret.

Goujon, who will play at No.8, gets a start for the first time since the 55-35 loss to England in the Six Nations closer last year although he did come off the bench this year against Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Le Roux last played in the 62-13 loss to the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter-finals last October.

Francois Trinh-Duc keeps his job at fly-half despite a sputtering display against the Scots as part of a backs division that is unchanged.

England will be going for their first Grand Slam since their World Cup winning year of 2003, while France will want to deny them that honour and finish with three wins against two defeats.

The France team for the final Six Nations match against England at the Stade de France on Saturday (2000GMT kickoff):


Scott Spedding; Wesley Fofana, Gael Fickou, Maxime Mermoz, Virimi Vakatawa; Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Machenaud; Loann Goujon, Bernard Le Roux, Damien Chouly; Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri; Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado (capt), Jefferson Poirot

Replacements: Camille Chat, Uini Atonio, Xavier Chiocci, Paul Jedrasiak, Wenceslas Lauret, Sebastien Bezy, Jules Plisson, Maxime Medard

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