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Mathieu Bastareaud To Lead Exciting France Team Against Wales


The experienced Mathieu Bastareaud will lead France against Wales this weekend in Cardiff, as the Toulon centre replaces the injured Guilhem Guirado as Les Bleus seek to secure a second-place finish in this year’s tournament.

Bastareaud who has been in superb form for Jacques Brunel’s men since his return from a ban for a homophobic slur against Italian back-rower Sebastian Negri, will be a key figure if France are to earn their first win in Cardiff since 2010.

After straight wins over Italy and England, France go into Saturday’s clash in confident mood.

Coach Jacques Brunel has made three changes to his starting XV with two of these changes up front where Adrien Pelissie replaces the outstanding Guirado at hooker and Cedate Gomes Sa takes over from Rabah Slimani on the Tighthead.

While behind the scrum, the mercurial Gael Fickou comes in on the right wing with Benjamin Fall moving to 15. As a result, Hugo Bonneval drops out of the matchday 23.

The in-form Remy Grosso, who has really impressed during the campaign, is at 11 with Bastareuad and Geoffrey Doumayrou once again renewing their midfield partnership, with the experienced François Trinh-Duc at 10 and Maxime Machenaud-who was superb against England, at nine.

Jacques Brunel opts for continuity in the back-row as well with the trio of Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne and Wenceslas Lauret at seven, eight and six respectively.

Stade Français lock Paul Gabrillagues who has been in good form, once again partners the abrasive Sebastian Vahaamahina in the second-row.

While the strong scrummaging Cedric Gomes, who has also been effective at the breakdown, is the only survivor in the front-row from ‘Le Crunch’.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.