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    <DIV>France name team for Scotland clash</DIV>
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    <DIV>Watch all of this year's RBS 6 Nations matches live on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie/sport. Listen to all of Ireland's matches live on RTÉ Radio 1 FM, MW and LW 252.</DIV>
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    <DIV>France have made three changes to the team that lost to England last weekend for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with Scotland in Paris.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Experienced winger Christophe Dominici is dropped in favour of Cedric Heymans, while Pierre Mignoni returns at scrum-half in place of Dimitri Yachvili, who is not in the squad after struggling against England.</DIV>
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    <DIV>There is only one change in a pack that was outplayed at Twickenham last Sunday, Biarritz's Imanol Harinordoquy coming in at number eight in place of Sebastien Chabal.</DIV>
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    <DIV>David Skrela will be fly-half if he passes a fitness test on Thursday.</DIV>
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    <DIV>If he fails, his Stade Francais team-mate Lionel Beauxis will come in to make his first start of the Six Nations. Damien Traille will then be named on the bench, as cover for the fly-half and centre positions.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Number eight Elvis Vermeulen, named in the squad in place of Sale's Chabal, has to be content with a place on the bench.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Les Bleus are level on six points with Ireland and England going into the final round of Six Nations fixtures.</DIV>
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    <DIV>With the English - who have an inferior points difference - playing away at Wales on Saturday, it appears to be a straight shootout between France and Ireland, with points difference set to be crucial.</DIV>
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    <DIV>The Irish take on Italy in Rome in Saturday's opening match.</DIV>
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    <DIV>The France team to play Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations Championship on Saturday 17 March:</DIV>
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    <DIV>C Poitrenaud; V Clerc, D Marty, Y Jauzion, C Heymans; D Skrela, P Mignoni; O Milloud, R Ibanez (capt), P De Villiers, L Nallet, J Thion, S Betsen, J Bonnaire , I Harinordoquy </DIV>
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    <DIV>Replacements: N Mas, S Bruno, P Pape, E Vermeulen, J-B Elissalde, L Beauxis, D Traille, C Dominici.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Yachvili told to rediscover his form
    Wednesday, 14 March 2007 08:15
    Watch all of this year's RBS 6 Nations matches live on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie/sport. Listen to all of Ireland's matches live on RTÉ Radio 1 FM, MW and LW 252.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Dimitri Yachvili has been told he must rediscover his form of old if he is to compete for the scrum-half berth for France.</DIV>
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    <DIV>The Biarritz star was ditched by Les Bleus for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations Championship showdown against Scotland, following his below-par performance in the defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend.</DIV>
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    <DIV>He came into the tournament as his country's first-choice number nine but lost his place to Pierre Mignoni for the opening three matches, which were all won by France.</DIV>
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    <DIV>He blew his chance to impress against England and did not even figure in the 23-man squad for the Scotland game, with Mignoni and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde competing for a start at scrum-half.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Les Bleus team manager Jo Maso believes Yachvili may have been trying too hard against the world champions.</DIV>
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    <DIV>'Dimitri must return to his best form - he mustn't kid himself, that isn't the case at the moment,' he added.</DIV>
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    <DIV>'Perhaps he wanted to prove himself too much on Sunday against the English.'</DIV>
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    <DIV>Sale Sharks number eight Sebastien Chabal has also been dumped by France for their final game, with Elvis Vermeulen drafted into an enlarged 23-man party.</DIV>
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    <DIV>'Chabal has progressed a lot in these few months, and he has made his point in the Six Nations,' Maso added.</DIV>
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    <DIV>'In the end, there are more positives than negatives with him. But he has played three matches - Elvis is someone who interests us and it is logical that we rotate between the two of them."</DIV>
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    <DIV>The only other change in the squad sees Damien Traille included as cover for fly-half David Skrela, who is nursing a leg injury sustained at the weekend.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Skrela has until tomorrow to prove his fitness, although he should nevertheless be named in the starting XV which is announced this morning.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Les Bleus go into the final round of matches level on six points with both England and Ireland after four games.</DIV>
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    <DIV>With the English having an inferior points difference, it looks set to be a shoot-out between Ireland and the French for the title. The Irish travel to Rome to play Italy on Saturday.</DIV>
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    <DIV>After back-to-back wins against Italy, Ireland and Wales, France were given a wake-up call when they lost 26-18 to the world champions on Sunday to ruin any hopes of a Grand Slam.</DIV>
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    <DIV>Maso wants his side to rediscover the flair and pride that was missing at Twickenham when they play the Scots at the Stade de France.</DIV>
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    <DIV>'We must win but in a good manner, with more attacking and less caution,' he said.</DIV>
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    <DIV>'We did not show enough desire, enough creativity (against England).</DIV>
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    <DIV>'To lose at Twickenham is okay, there is no shame, but you must lose with honour and that wasn't the case.</DIV>
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    <DIV>'We are really hoping for more enthusiasm on Saturday.'</DIV>
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      #3
      Yachvilli dropped completely and quite rightly so.
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        #4
        Looks weak.. not..[img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]

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          #5


          Better hope the Scots can get anotherspoiling game in, but I doubt if they'll hold that team to less than 20pts. difference.


          That kick in the arse for Yachvili will also have repercussions for any other slackers. This will be for some, a last chance to pin down a RWC place, so expect a lot of flair and showboating from France come Saturday. After the disappointment of not attaining a Grand Slam the least the Stade crowd will expect is a 6N Championship win.

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            Paterson (Edinburgh, capt)
            S Lamont (Northampton)
            Dewey (Edinburgh),
            Henderson (Glasgow),
            Walker (Ospreys),
            Parks (Glasgow),
            Lawson (Gloucester);
            Kerr (Borders), Ford (Borders),
            E Murray (Glasgow),
            Hines (Perpignan),
            S Murray (Edinburgh),
            Taylor (Edinburgh),
            J Beattie (Glasgow),
            Brown (Borders).



            Replacements: Hall (Edinburgh), Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Hamilton (Leicester), Hogg (Edinburgh), Cusiter (Borders), Di Rollo (Edinburgh), R Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)

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              #7


              The only way we can win the championship is to put Italy to the sword. A 20 point margin would definitely do it but I reckon even 15 points would put pressure on the french. If they go out trying too hard to score trys we could see Scotland take a leaf out of Italys book with a few intercept tries. This is going to be one tense day especially if Ireland and France have low scoring wins as England could pull a miracle out of the bag! I nearly hope it does look tight going into the English game as it will make for an amazing day!
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                #8
                Originally posted by Upfront_1979


                The only way we can win the championship is to put Italy to the sword. A 20 point margin would definitely do it but I reckon even 15 points would put pressure on the french. If they go out trying too hard to score trys we could see Scotland take a leaf out of Italys book with a few intercept tries. This is going to be one tense day especially if Ireland and France have low scoring wins as England could pull a miracle out of the bag! I nearly hope it does look tight going into the English game as it will make for an amazing day!





                If only, doubt we have any backs with the gas to do much with an interception. Scotland will get absolutely murdered, a France team smarting from a bad defeat and hoping to lay down a marker before the warm up games for the world cup, in Paris? France will carve up, Jauzion for 1st try scorer methinks
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