New faces in French team for Scotland clash

1st February 2005, Comments 0 comments

MARCOUSSIS, France, Feb 1 (AFP) - France will face Scotland in their opening Six Nations clash on Saturday with eight different faces to the team that was thrashed 45-6 by New Zealand last November.

MARCOUSSIS, France, Feb 1 (AFP) - France will face Scotland in their opening Six Nations clash on Saturday with eight different faces to the team that was thrashed 45-6 by New Zealand last November.

Coach Bernard Laporte starts with an all new halfback partnership of veteran Yann Delaigue and scrum-half Pierre Mignoni while he has had to put together a revamped back row trio with all three of his Grand Slam-winning group out injured.

Only the front five survive from the All Black humbling while captain Fabien Pelous celebrates his 97th cap.

France: Pepito Elhorga (Agen), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Brian Liebenberg (Stade Francais), Christophe Dominici (Stade Francais), Yann Delaigue (Castres), Pierre Mignoni (Clermont), Patrick Tabacco(Pau) Sebastien Chabal (Sale/ENG), Julien Bonnaire (Bourgoin), Jerome Thion (Biarritz), Fabien Pelous (Stade Toulousain, capt), Pieter De Villiers (Stade Francais), William Servat (Stade Toulousain), Sylvain Marconnet (StadeFrancais). Replacements: Sebastien Bruno (Sale/ENG), Olivier Milloud (Bourgoin), Gregory Lamboley (Stade Toulousain), Yannick Nyanga (Beziers), Dimtri Yachvili (Biarritz), Frederic Michalak (Stade Toulousain), Ludovic Valbon (Brive).

© AFP

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