France team manager Jo Maso championed Les Bleus' strength in depth after the 2004 RBS 6 Nations champions unveiled a new-look starting line-up for the opening match of their title defence against Scotland this weekend.
A disappointing autumn series - which saw France defeat Australia but lose to Argentina and New Zealand - as well as injuries to seven key players has forced Les Bleus coach Bernard Laporte and Maso into a re-think.
The absence of back-row regulars Olivier Magne, Serge Betsen and Imanol Harinordoquy through injury has handed Julien Bonnaire, Sebastien Chabal and Patrick Tabacco - who will be the number eight - a chance to impress.
Clermont-Auvergne scrum-half Pierre Mignoni, whose experience saw him get the nod over Biarritz's Dimitri Yachvili, returns to international duty for the first time since the 2002 Six Nations.
He will be paired - also for the first time at international level - with Castres fly-half Yann Delaigue.
Delaigue is expected to take over kicking duties for France with Damien Traille as his deputy.
"We said after November that we wanted to find new solutions," said Maso at a press conference on Tuesday.
"Before the autumn series we had an established kicker (Frederic Michalak) and other established players who had been good for eight matches before experiencing problems in November.
"Now there is more competition, which will boost the spirits and every player's motivation.
"That's the best for the middle and the long term.''
Peter O'Mahony was named man of the match against England last month
21 April 2017, 7:22pm
Peter O'Mahony's performance in the RBS 6 Nations finale for Ireland against England was crucial to his selection for the British & Irish Lions on Wednesday, Ireland and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell has revealed.