Elvis returns for Chabal

19th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 18, 2007 (AFP) - Clermont back row forward Elvis Vermeulen has replaced Sebastien Chabal in the French squad for next Saturday's Six Nations match with Wales, it was announced on Sunday.

PARIS, Feb 18, 2007 (AFP) - Clermont back row forward Elvis Vermeulen has replaced Sebastien Chabal in the French squad for next Saturday's Six Nations match with Wales, it was announced on Sunday.

Vermeulen is one of five changes to the 22 that edged Ireland 20-17 at Croke Park last Sunday to keep alive their hopes of the Grand Slam.

Chabal, who has impressed in both the matches so far, suffered a calf injury in his club Sale's match on Sunday.

"We hope that it's nothing too serious, but we will have to wait and see," said Sale's French coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

France team manager Jo Maso said: "When we made the list, we didn't know he was injured but we had already planned to call up Elvis Vermeulen.

"We will see on Monday what the injury is when he arrives with the other players." 

Other changes see Perpignan prop Nicolas Mas replace South African-born Pieter De Villiers, Biarritz hooker Benoit August comes in for Chabal's clubmate Sebastien Bruno, while lock Gregory Lamboley of Toulouse is preferred to Pascal Pape.

There is just the one change among the backs with the previously suspended Aurelien Rougerie being recalled at the expense of Toulouse' Cedric Heymans, who scored one of France's tries in their opening win over Italy.

While France have opened with two wins, Wales by contrast have suffered two defeats, to the Irish and Scotland.


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