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Friday Mar 8, 2024

France make key changes for Wales match

French head coach Fabien Galthie has made eight changes to his side for their upcoming Guinness Six Nations clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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Headling the changes are a new halfback partnership where Racing 92′ Nolan Le Garrec will partner Toulouse’s Thomas Ramos.

Shifting his midfield due to Jonathan Danty’s suspension, Galthie has promising former U20 star Nicolas Depoortere into the starting line-up for what will be his senior international debut.

Ramos’s move from fullback to flyhalf will see Leo Barre come into the number 15 shirt where he will join Louis Bielle-Biarrey and Damian Penaud in the back three.

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In the pack, captain Gregory Alldritt returns at number eight alongside round three captain Charles Ollivon and Francois Cros in the backrow.

The tight five also see’s changes with hooker Julien Marchand replacing his Toulouse teammate Peato Mauvaka in the starting XV.

Adding bulk to the secondrow, Thibaud Flament and debutant Emmanuel Meafou start in the secondrow as they replace Cameron Woki and Posolo Tuilagi.

France team to face Wales: Barre; Penaud, Fickou, Depoortere, Bielle-Biarrey; Ramos, Le Garrec; Baille, Marchand, Atonio, Flament, Meafou, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt (capt).

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Replacements: Mauvaka, S Taofifenua, Colombe, R Taofifenua, Roumat, Boudehent, Lucu, Moefana.

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