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France Select Attacking Side To Take On England In Twickenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Guilhem Guirado, Captain of France (L) and Guy Noves, Head Coach of France (R) pose with The Six Nations Trophy during the 2017 RBS Six Nations launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Gy Noves is banking on flair overcoming England’s power in Twickenham, after selecting a side filled with attacking intent for Le Crunch.

In what is seen as a surprise move, Baptiste Serin has been selected at scrum-half ahead of Maxime Machenaud, and will join the in-form Clermont fly-half, Camille Lopez in the half-backs.

With Wesley Fofana ruled out with injury, Gaël Fickou partners Rémi Lamerat in midfield, with Virimi Vakatawa, Noa Nakaitaci and Scott Spedding making up the back three. The pre-tournament injury sustained by Eddy Ben Arous has created space for Cyril Baille at loose head, who partners Guilhem Guirado and Uini Atonio in a potent front row.

Sébastien Vahaamahina and Yoann Maestri form the second row combination, with Damien Chouly and Kévin Gourdon packing down either side of Louis Picamoles at number eight.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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