Due to Covid, France wing Damien Penaud and second row Romain Taofifenua will both miss Friday’s Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff, with Les Bleus head coach Fabien Galthie also prepared for more alterations.
“We were notified this morning that they were positive so we had to make last-minute changes. We’re getting ready to make other changes.” – France head coach Fabien Galthie on Covid outbreak in Les Bleus camp ahead of Friday’s Round 4 Six Nations clash vs Wales at Principality Stadium
“We were notified this morning that they were positive so we had to make last-minute changes,” Galthie told a press conference on Wednesday.
“We’re getting ready to make other changes.”
Yoram Moefana will move to the right-wing in place of Penaud, who started the game against Scotland, which France won 36-17 at Murrayfield. Gabin Villiere will return to the left wing.
“Being the favourites will not mean anything on Friday,” said general manager Raphael Ibanez. “In the last 10 years, Wales won the Six Nations four times. We have not.”
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France: 15 Melvyn Jaminet, 14 Yoram Moefana, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Gabin Villiere, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont (c), 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Francois Cros, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Jean-Baptiiste Gros, 18 Mohamed Haouas, 19 Thibaud Flament, 20 Dylan Cretin, 21 Maxime Lucu, 22 Thomas Ramos, 23 Matthis Lebel
Date: Friday, March 11
Venue: Principality Stadium
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Andrea Piardi (Italy)
TMO: Tom Foley (England)