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France name unchanged XV

2012-02-21 14:17

Paris - France on Tuesday named an unchanged line-up for the Six Nations match with Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday.

The selection had been due to play Ireland on February 11, but the game was called off in controversial circumstances minutes before the kick-off due to the dangers to players caused by a frozen pitch at the Stade de France.

That game was subsequently rescheduled for March 4, which will leave the French and Irish playing on three consecutive weekends.

"Scotland are a team that knows how to go out and play, how to string together phases of up to four minutes long," coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

The only fitness doubt had concerned hooker Dimitri Szarzewski, who had a bruised knee, but he was deemed fit enough to play. Toulouse lock Yann Maestri will start for France for the first time, in harness with Pascal Pape of Stade Francais.

Teams:

Scotland:

TBA

France:

15 Maxime Medard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Imanol Harinordoquy, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitry Szarzewski, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Substitutes: 16 William Servat, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Lionel Nallet, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Maxime Mermoz

AFP