Five France changes to face Wales

Djibril Camara

Djibril Camara will be on the opposing wing to recalled Welshman Alex Cuthbert on his France debut

France coach Guy Noves has made five changes to face Wales in the Six Nations in Cardiff on Friday.

Maxime Machenaud returns at scrum-half and wing Djibril Camara makes his debut in a change forced by injury to Teddy Thomas.

There are changes in each row of the French scrum following their 10-9 win over Ireland.

Rabah Slimani comes in at prop, Paul Jedrasiak at lock and Antoine Burban is on the flank.

Scrum-half Sebastien Bezy, prop Uini Atonio and lock Yoann Maestri drop to the bench, while Yacouba Camara is a travelling reserve.

Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc is part of the squad for the first time under Noves, while centre Gael Fickou is alongside him on the bench after missing the Ireland game for personal reasons.

Wales and France are unbeaten going into the encounter.

France: Maxime Medard; Virimi Vakatawa, Maxime Mermoz, Jonathan Danty, Djibril Camara; Jules Plisson, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (capt), Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Paul Jedrasiak, Antoine Burban, Damien Chouly, Wenceslas Lauret.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Uini Atonio, Vincent Pelo, Yoann Maestri, Loann Goujon, Sebastien Bezy, Francois Trinh Duc, Gael Fickou.


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