• Bonneval gets big break

    France have made three changes to their starting line-up for Sunday's Six Nations clash with Italy in Paris.

    Stade Français fullback Hugo Bonneval will make his Test debut on the right wing in place of Maxime Médard, who has been dropped from the match-day squad.

    Up front, Dimitri Szarzewski is rewarded for his game-changing break against England as he starts at hooker ahead of Benjamin Kayser.

    In the second row, Yoann Maestri starts alongside skipper Pascal Papé as Alexandre Flanquart drops out of the squad and Sebastien Vahaamahina joins the bench.

    There is one further change to the replacements as an extra backline player is added with Francois Trinh-Duc returning. The flyhalf fills the place vacated by injured loose forward Antoine Burban.

    France – 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Hugo Bonneval, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Jean-Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri 4 Pascal Papé (c), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.
    Subs: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Yannick Forestier, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Gael Fickou.

    Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP Photo

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    Simon Borchardt