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France bring in star wing for Six Nations finale

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France’s star wing Damian Penaud will return to the starting line-up against England on Saturday when the French could win the Six Nations Grand Slam and title for the first time since 2010.


Penaud, who has scored three tries in this year’s tournament, was forced to sit out the 13-9 win against Wales in Cardiff last Friday after he contracted Covid-19.

The French team is otherwise unchanged from the Wales match.

France: 15 Melvyn Jaminet, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gaรซl Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Gabin Villiรจre, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont (captain), 8 Grรฉgory Alldritt, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Franรงois Cros, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Mohamed Haouas, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Thibaud Flament, 21 Dylan Cretin, 22 Maxime Lucu, 23 Thomas Ramos.

Date: Saturday, March 19
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 21.00 (20.00 UK & Ireland time; 20.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Frank Murphy (Ireland)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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