Sale's lock Sebastien Chabal will be replaced by Romain Millo-Chluski to face Scotland on Saturday at Stade de France. French coach Marc Lievremont also made three more changes in the starting squad.
REUTERS -France coach Marc Lievremont dropped lock Sebastien Chabal and made three other changes to the starting side that lost 30-21 to Ireland last weekend for Saturday's Six Nations game against Scotland.
Chabal, wing Julien Malzieu and loosehead prop Lionel Faure have been demoted while tighthead Benoit Lecouls has been ruled out through a neck injury.
The quartet are replaced by Romain Millo-Chluski, Cedric Heymans, Fabien Barcella and Nicolas Mas respectively.
"These changes are not individual sanctions but just a rotation within the squad because our defeat at Croke Park was due to a collective lapse and not individual failures," Lievremont told a news conference on Tuesday.
"We have to find solutions but we also want to stick to our game plan. We are not proud of what we did at Croke Park.
Players are hurt but I'm sure they will lift up again against Scotland."
Explaining Chabal's demotion to the bench, Lievremont said: "I read that we have a problem with Chabal but we don't.
"Everything Sebastian did at Croke Park, he did it well." Lievremont then added that Chabal "had been less present at the rucks" against the Irish.
The inclusion of Heymans means that the French backline will be entirely made up of players from Toulouse, with Yannick Jauzion and Florian Fritz at centre, Maxime Medard and Heymans on the wings and Clement Poitrenaud at fullback.
There is a doubt, however, over Fritz who has been cited for alleged gouging by the commissioner of the Ireland game.
The hearing before an independent three-man disciplinary committee is scheduled to take place on Wednesday in London.
"Until proven guilty, Florian is innocent as far as we are concerned," Lievremont said. "We saw the tape of the incident and there is nothing against him."
Team: 15-Clement Poitrenaud, 14-Maxime Medard, 13-Yannick Jauzion, 12-Florian Fritz, 11-Cedric Heymans, 10-Lionel Beauxis, 9-Sebastien Tillous-Borde; 8-Imanol Harinordoquy, 7-Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6-Thierry Dusautoir, 5-Lionel Nallet captain), 4-Romain Millo-Chluski, 3-Nicolas Mas, 2-Dimitri Szarzewski, 1-Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16-Benjamin Kayzer, 17-Renaud Boyoud, 18-Sebastien Chabal, 19-Louis Picamoles, 20-Morgan Parra, 21-Benoit Baby, 22-Julien Malzieu.
Date created : 2009-02-10