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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.