France team to face Wales

Just the seven changes by Marc Lievremont to the team that beat Scotland in the last round.

Benoit Baby moves to fly-half and makes way for William Gallas’ cousin Mathieu Bastareaud who never passes apparently. He might test Jamie Roberts’ shoulder though.

France: Maxime Medard (Toulouse); Julien Malzieu (Clermont-Auvergne), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais), Yannick Jauzion, Cedric Heymans (both Toulouse); Benoit Baby (Clermont-Auvergne), Morgan Parra (Bourgoin); Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Dimitri Szarzewski, Sylvain Marconnet (both Stade Francais), Lionel Nallet (Castres, capt), Sebastien Chabal (Sale), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz).

Replacements: Benjamin Kayser (Leicester), Thomas Domingo (Clermont-Auvergne), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Louis Picamoles (Montpellier), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse).

6 thoughts on “France team to face Wales

  1. I remember an article on here about how mad Bernard Laporte was (it comes up if you type ‘mad bernie’ into the search bar at the top!), but I think lievremont is challenging him to be even more crazy.

    This is a very odd selection for a must-win game (assuming France want to win the championship not just give caps to as many players as possible).

    That said, the back row is amazing and could probably force a competitive game with any tom, dick or harry in the backline (except bergamasco maybe).

  2. Lievremont was appointed without any real track record in senior rugby coaching (note to the RFU sounds familiar ) and for the last year he’s done his best to show it. Perhaps “loopy Lievermont ” may yet replace “mad Bernie” in our affections.

    After mucking about last year and doing his best to discredit the tournament , he’s now a traditionalist who wants 3 p.m Saturday kick offs (as do most of us) .

    This time his hand is forced by injury to a large extent Baby at outside half is not in the league of the Bergamasco selection but emphasises the weakness of Lievremonts initial squad selection .

    Chabal has yet to show that he is international standard as a lock , yes impressive with hair flowing in loose play but where is he when the down and dirty stuff gets going.

    Looking at that team and their lack of preperation time it should be say 60/40 in Wales’ favour now but there again it’s France so who can predict.

  3. I don’t get Lievremont at all.

    He only had 1 fly half in the squad – first mistake.

    When Beauxis got injured he called up Trinh-Duc. Fine. He also called up Bastareaud to cover the centres (0 caps). The confusing thing is that he said that he’s put Baby (a centre – certainly not a fly half) at 10 because Trinh-Duc was only with the squad from Monday, yet he had no issues putting Bastareaud at 13 for his first cap despite him only being there from Monday as well.

    Granted the 10 and 13 positions hold somewhat of a different level of responsibility, but Trinh-Duc was in the squad in the Autumn, so chances are their plays haven’t developed a massive amount.

    Stephen Jones, Jamie Roberts, Tom Shanklin and Martyn Williams (hunting Monsieur Baby) are going to have a field day.

  4. I suspect match-fixing. It’s the only explanation. Lievremont has got a packet on Wales to win the Grand Slam and he’s doing his bit to make sure it happens.
    Dodgy character Lievremont. I’ve heard he banks with Allen Stanford

  5. Ha Ha Stuart -could be.

    Lieveremont picks 50 plus players to play in his first Six Nations, he says this year there are only 25 games to go to the World Cup -obviously all warm up games then . Now he’s a traditionalist wanting Saturday kick offs because it suits him .

    THe contrast with Gatland couldn’t be more dramatic , if France wins it’ll be despite not because of him.

  6. Who’d have thought it? Basteraud had a stomer, a back row player torments Wales again!!! Baby held his own and gave Byrne a kicking lessson. And no place kicker, missed kicks and DGs, and still beat the so called best team in Europe..

    9 wins on the trot record zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    2 consecutive GSs, first time in 100 yrs zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Shane Williams?!?!?! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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