Two back-row changes for France


France will field a new-look back row when they aim to stop England from securing a Grand Slam in Saturday's final Six Nations fixture at the Stade de France.

Successive defeats have ended any chance France had of winning the championship, with last week's 29-18 loss to Scotland ensuring Eddie Jones' England were confirmed as title-winners with a game to spare.

Head coach Guy Noves has kept faith with 13 of the players who started at Murrayfield, but Bernard Le Roux and Loann Goujon are brought in to play at seven and eight respectively - the former recalled for a first international appearance since last year's Rugby World Cup. 

Damien Chouly switches to blindside flanker, with Wenceslas Lauret dropping to the bench and Yacouba Camara left out of the matchday 23.

"We need to bring freshness to the team for Saturday's match," said Noves.

"I believe our team can rival the power of the English."


France team to face England: Scott Spedding, Wesley Fofana, Gael Fickou, Maxime Mermoz, Virimi Vakatawa, Francois Trinh-Duc, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Damien Chouly, Bernard Le Roux, Loann Goujon.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Uini Atonio, Xavier Chiocci, Paul Jedrasiak, Wenceslas Lauret, Sebastien Bezy, Jules Plisson, Maxime Medard.