RBS Six Nations 2012: France name side to play Wales

Phillipe Saint-André has made a raft of changes to his 22 after defeat to England last weekend. In a radical selection, there are five new faces in the starting line-up, with Wesley Fofana moved on to the right wing, and two on the bench including the uncapped Jean Marcellin Buttin from Clermont Auvergne. The match will be William Servat’s final international before he retires at the end of the season.


15. Clement Poitrenaud 14. Wesley Fofana, 13. Aurélien Rougerie, 12. Florian Fritz, 11. Alexis Palisson, 10. Lionel Beauxis, 9. Dimitri Yachvili, 1. Jean-Baptiste Poux, 2. William Servat, 3. David Attoub, 4. Pascal Papé, 5. Yoan Maestri, 6. Thierry Dusautoir (c), 7. Julien Bonnaire, 8. Imanol Harinordoquy


16. Dimitri Szarzewski, 17. Vincent Debaty, 18. Julian Pierre, 19. Louis Picamoles, 20. Morgan Parra, 21. François Trinh-Duc, 22. Jean Marcellin Buttin

4 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2012: France name side to play Wales

  1. I have the feeling that, wherever he picked Fofana for this one, he would get eaten alive. He looks like a boy next to Rougerie, so Roberts, Davies, North, Cuthbert, (Dibble and Grubb) will be looking forward to running at him.

    1. Dibble and Grubb are currently with the under 18’s but when they come through look out !

      Maas is the waterboy so probably beknackered after three games in a row .

      Beauxis starting so more of the kicking game , you would say with all the changes having just loss nothing to play for etc etc it’s all going Wales’s way apart from that nagging feeling that you can only expect the unexpected from France .

      Winning the Championship without a Slam would be flatter than well the flattest pancake so lets hope the signals are right.

  2. Strange changes there.

    Fofana has been excellent at centre all tournament but Rougerie has been rubbish, so he moves Fofana and keeps Rougerie??

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