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Bastareaud returns for France

By Sport_Rob  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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POWERHOUSE Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud returns to the France side for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Wales in Paris.

Bastareud, who enjoyed a devastating debut against Wales four years ago, replaces Florian Fritz as one of only two changes from the side shocked 23-18 by Italy in Rome last weekend.

Another Toulon player, Jocelino Suta, comes in for injured captain Pascal Pape at lock in the other switch.

Flanker Thierry Dusautoir will skipper the side with France coach Philippe Saint-Andre keeping faith with half-backs Frederic Michalak and Maxime Machenaud.

France: Y. Huget (Toulouse); W. Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), M. Mermoz (Toulon), M. Bastareaud (Toulon), B. Fall (Racing Metro); F. Michalak (Toulon), M. Machenaud (Racing Metro); Y. Forestier (Castres), D. Szarzewski (Racing Metro), N. Mas (Perpignan), J. Suta (Toulon), Y. Maestri (Toulouse), F. Ouedraogo (Montpellier), L. Picamoles (Toulouse), T. Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt). Reps: B Kayser (Clermont Auvergne), V. Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), L. Ducalon (Castres), R. Taofifenua (Perpignan), D. Chouly (Clermont Auvergne), M. Parra (Clermont Auvergne), F. Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), F. Fritz (Toulouse).

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 07 2013, 12:12PM

    5 players from the o's in the welsh pack, i'd expect Wales to lose by at least 20 points, lets see if they can prove me wrong

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