France head coach Marc Lievremont has made seven changes to his starting lineup to take on defending Six Nations Champions Wales this Friday night and has sprung a shock by naming Benoit Baby at flyhalf.
Baby is an experienced centre but has been selected ahead of Francois Trinh-Duc, who will start on the bench after being called up during the week as cover for the injured Lionel Beauxis.
Young centre Mathieu Bastareaud will partner Yannick Jauzion as they look to contain the Welsh duo of Jamie Roberts and Tom Shanklin in Paris on Friday night.
Another change sees Morgan Parra come in for Sebastien Tillous-Borde, meaning a new combination at No.9 and 10 for, what is expected to be, the biggest test of the season for Les Bleus.
There is a return to the side for Sebastien Chabal while, up front, Sylvain Marconnet returns to international rugby to take his place in the front row.
Fullback Clement Poitrenaud has also been pushed on to the bench. Exciting starlet Maxime Medard will take over at 15 with Julien Malzieu returning on the wing.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose
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