Scotland v France: Les Bleus set to make minimal changes for Murrayfield clash

Fit again Jonathan Danty returns at inside-centre, while Yoram Moefana switched to the wing in place of injured Gabin Villiere

Grand Slam chasing France take on Scotland this Saturday. Image: © Craig Watson -
Grand Slam chasing France take on Scotland this Saturday. Image: © Craig Watson -

FRANCE appear set to make just one enforced personnel and one positional change to the side which started in the home victory over Ireland two weekend’s ago, ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations round three match against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Sources in France have indicated that Yoram Moefana will switch from inside-centre to the left wing in place of Gabin Villiere, who has a facial injury. Meanwhile, fit again Jonathan Danty ran in the No 12 slot during the team’s last training session earlier today before setting off for Scotland. The rest of the starting XV is expected to be unchanged.

Probable French starting XV to play Scotland on Saturday: Melvyn Jaminet; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Yoram Moefana; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julian Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Paul Willense, Francois Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Gregory Alldritt.

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  1. It shows a sense of confidence on their part. Not changing anyone barring injury means their tails are up. I have a sense of foreboding about this weekend. We could be in for a shoeing on home ground if they play like they did against Ireland, and we play like we did against Wales.

  2. Good news as Villiere was their best player v Italy and Ireland. France appear mentally weak in the second half of all of their games, including v NZ where I think they got a bit lucky.

    • Gabin Villiere is excellent in an excellent team at the moment.
      France was not lucky v NZ, Romain Ntamack was just pure class when they scored from their own 22 metres.
      I support Scotland, all the best, but i’m afraid it will be a very tough battle!
      The french pair of centres are very physical and hard to stop

      • Villiere, Darcy Graham and Kolbe all cut from the same cloth. I’d hate to face any of them. I could take (back in the day getting flattened by a Lomu, but danced round by a wee guy without laying a hand on them – embarrassing. And a lot of suitably embarrassed players out there LOL

        Fickou is a great with an all round game, both with and without the ball. Dante is Basteraud lite

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