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Attoub will face the formidable challenge of Wales loosehead Gethin Jenkins who was the captain in last week’s defeat of Italy in the absence of Sam Warburton.
But despite Attoub’s relative inexperience – his only cap came off the bench against Romania four years ago – Saint-André is confident he will step up to the challenge against Wales.
“Nicolas Mas has been needed a lot since the World Cup, with his club Perpignan, and with us since the start of the Six Nations,” said Saint-André, who has also given starts to Julien Bonnaire and William Servat in their final international appearances.
“In the first four games we were only able to give him 20 minutes of rest. And then he had a muscle strain at the start of the week so we didn’t want to take any chances.
“David Attoub has been with us since the start of the tournament and for now has only been carrying the water, so he’s put in a lot for us. He’s worked hard and knows all the calls.
“I’m not worried for him, I know he’ll give it everything. We also need to discover some more tighthead props, it’s the right time after five years dominated by Nicolas Mas.
“It’s true that Julien Bonnaire and William Servat will play their final international matches and they will start.
“There will be an added emotion in the changing rooms and I know the start of the game will be very intense. We will need them.”