Fabien Barcella & Nicolas Mas
11 February 2009, 1:49 pm
France v Scotland
France and Scotland have rung the changes in their starting XVs for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match in Paris as they look to recover from defeats on the tournament's opening weekend.
Les Bleus, who lost 30-21 to Ireland in Dublin last Saturday, bring lock Romain Millo-Chluski and props Fabien Barcella and Nicolas Mas into their pack while the only alteration to their three-quarter line sees winger Cedric Heymans come in for Julien Malzieu.
Both Lionel Faure (calf) and Benoit Lecouls (neck) are injured and are not in France's 22, so Dax's Renaud Boyoud has been drafted in and will be the replacement prop.
Heymans' inclusion means Les Bleus will have an all-Toulouse back division behind half-backs Lionel Beauxis and Sebastien Tillous-Borde.
Scotland head coach Frank Hadden, whose side were defeated 26-13 by Wales at Murrayfield on Sunday, has made five changes, the most notable being the recall of brothers Thom and Max Evans.
The Glasgow stars were omitted from the starting line-up for the Wales match, with in-form winger Thom not even in the 22.
He replaces the injured Simon Webster while Max, who came off the bench to score Scotland's only try at the weekend, comes in for Ben Cairns.
The other changes see Sean Lamont make way for Simon Danielli on the other wing, Alasdair Strokosch take over from Ally Hogg in the back row and Alasdair Dickinson come in for fellow prop Geoff Cross, who had to be withdrawn against Wales due to concussion.
Prop Euan Murray (rib) and lock Nathan Hines (knee) are still missing.