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Rugby: France leave out Magne for Wales

Published on 03/03/2004

PARIS, March 3 (AFP) - France have dropped openside flanker Olivier Magne and recalled Thomas Lievremont in one of two changes to the team to play Wales in Cardiff in Sunday's Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium.

Fit-again Frederic Michalak regains the fly-half spot from Julien Peyrelongue who deputised in the 25-0 win over Italy last month.

The 30-year-old Lievremont, capped 23 times, last made the starting XV four years ago. He plays No 8 with Imanol Harinordoquy moving to openside flanker and the 74-cap Magne, 30, dropping to the replacements’ bench.

“Thomas will give us added power in close play but Olivier Magne will be brought on during the match,” team manager Jo Maso said.France (15 to 1).

France selection:

Nicolas Brusque (Biarritz), Vincent Clerc (Stade Toulousain), Damien Traille (Pau), Yannick Jauzion (Stade Toulousain), Christophe Dominici (Stade Francais), Frederic Michalak (Stade Toulousain), Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Stade Toulousain), Thomas Lievremont (Biarritz), Imanol Harinordoquy (Pau), Serge Betsen (Biarritz), Pascal Pape (Bourgoin), Fabien Pelous (Stade Toulousain, capt), Pieter De Villiers (Stade Francais), William Servat (Stade Toulousain), Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Francais)

Replacements: Yannick Bru (Stade Toulousain), Jean-Jacques Crenca (Agen), David Auradou (Stade Francais), Olivier Magne (Montferrand), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Brian Liebenberg (Stade Francais), Cedric Heymans (Stade Toulousain);


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