French coach Marc Lievremont named fullback Clement Poitrenaud for Sunday's Six Nations match against Ireland, replacing the injured Maxime Mermoz with Damien Traille (pictured) switching back to centre.
Every Monday, "Le Sportcast" brings you the latest news in French sports. In this edition: France see off Scottish challenge in the Six Nations; Les Bleus take on Brazil; and a French TV claims the Newcastle-Arsenal match was fixed.
Six Nations title holder France beat Scotland 34-21 in its tournament opener in Paris, Saturday. It was something of a redemption match for the French, who were mauled 59-16 by Australia in their last appearance here in November.
Scotland got their first victory of the tournament in Ireland, beating the titleholders 23-20. This second Irish defeat hands France the title before the crunch game against England Saturday evening in Paris.
England coach Martin Johnson has picked fly-half Toby Flood ahead of Jonny Wilkinson for the final game of the Six Nations at the Stade de France, where the Red Rose will hope to spoil France's grand slam party.
French centre Mathieu Bastareaud is back in the squad to face arch-rivals England at the Stade de France on Saturday. Coach Marc Lièvremont has left the rest of the team unchanged for the final act of France’s grand slam quest.
Ahead of each Six Nations weekend, FRANCE 24’s anchor and keen rugby player, Mark Owen, takes a look back at some of the key moments in the European game. Today: Last year’s ‘Le Crunch’ brings back horrible memories for French rugby fans.