Sebastien Vahaamahina back for France for Six Nations finale against Wales
Last Updated: 16/03/17 2:19pm
France have recalled Clermont Auvergne lock Sebastien Vahaamahina to the starting line-up for their final Six Nations game against Wales on Saturday.
Vahaamahina comes in for Brive's Julien Le Devedec, who has dropped to the replacements' bench in the only change to the starting side which beat Italy 40-18 in Rome last weekend.
The 25-year-old had missed out in Rome because of a back injury, but can now return to win his 25th cap.
Head coach Guy Noves has made two other changes among the replacements with hooker Camille Chat coming in for Christopher Tolofua and flanker Damien Chouly also making the bench following his call-up at the beginning of the week.
Chouly had been out with an ankle injury but is kept out of the starting XV by Fabien Sanconnie, while fly-half Camille Lopez retains his spot ahead of veteran Francois Trinh-Duc.
A bonus-point victory for France and an England win in Ireland would guarantee Noves' side finishing second overall.
Noves said: "Starting with Sebastien was quite logical, he worked hard last week to be competitive and was ready last weekend, but we did not want him to fret over his back.
"Camille Lopez fulfilled his mission in the previous match and Francois was very good when he came on. Both understand why we keep going with Camille."
France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin; 1 Cyril Baille, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 3 Rabah Slimani, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 5 Yoann Maestri, 6 Fabien Sanconnie, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 8-Louis Picamoles.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Yoann Huget.