France team named to play Italy

france logoPhilippe Saint-André has made three changes to his starting line-up as France welcome Italy to Paris this weekend.

Uncapped Stade Français fullback Hugo Bonneval starts on the wing in place of Maxime Médard, who drops out of the squad all together. Second row Alexandre Flanquart suffers a similar fate as Yoann Maestri starts, and Sebastien Vahaamahina comes onto the bench.

Hooker Dimitri Szarzewski is rewarded for his role in the game clinching try against England with a start, as Benhamin Kayser drops to the replacements. François Trinh-Duc is also in for the cold and amongst the substitutes, as Saint-André reverts to a five/three split between forwards and backs on the bench.

France team to play Italy:

15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Hugo Bonneval, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Jean-Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri 4 Pascal Papé (c), , 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.

Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Yannick Forestier, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 François Trinh-Duc, 21 Damien Chouly, 22 Maxime Machenaud, 23 Gael Fickou