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Lièvremont names Fall and Bonnaire to face Wales
France coach Marc Lievremont has named Julien Bonnaire and Benjamin Fall as replacements for Fulgence Ouedroago and Vincent Clerc who are both injured, for the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff on Friday.
AFP - France coach Marc Lievremont has made two changes to his starting line-up for the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff on Friday.
Bayonne winger Benjamin Fall is brought back in on the wing to replace Vincent Clerc of Toulouse who is sidelined with an ankle injury, while in the pack Julien Bonnaire returns at flanker in place of Fulgence Ouedraogo who has a calf muscle strain.
It will be a 50th cap for 31-year-old Bonnaire and a third for 20-year-old Fall
The rest of the side is unchanged from the team that defeated Ireland 33-10 in Paris in France's last game as Lievremont's team seek a first Grand Slam for France since 2004.
"Benjamin played well for his club at the weekend and it made sense to have another look at him," he said.
"Julien Malzieu plays only on the left wing and it would have complicated things defensively to have played him out of position."
Elsewhere Lievremont opted for stability with Francois Trinh-Duc and Morgan Marra retained at half-back and Clement Poitrenaud getting an extended run at full-back.
The France team announced on Monday to play Wales in the Six Nations tournament in Cardiff on Friday:-
Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse); Benjamin Fall (Bayonne), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Français), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Alexis Palisson (Brive); Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Morgan Parra (Clermont); Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt); Pascal Pape (Stade Français), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro); Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), William Servat (Toulouse), Thomas Domingo (Clermont)
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Français), Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont), Frederic Michalak (Toulouse), David Marty (Perpignan), Julien Malzieu (Clermont)