France vs England, Six Nations 2019: The starting XV – in full France head coach Jacques Brunel has announced his starting XV to face England, making six changes to the side which lost in humiliating fashion to Wales last weekend.
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In the backs, Mathieu Bastareud and Geoffrey Doumayrou come into the centre for Romain Ntamack and Wesley Fofana. Ntamack makes the bench this time around. Yoann Huget, who gifted a try to George North last time out, is moved from wing to full-back to accommodate Gaël Fickou at 11.
Young prop Demba Bamba comes into the front row to replace the injured Uini Atonio and Felix Lambey starts ahead of the benched Paul Willemse at second-row. At blindside flanker, Yacouba Camara takes Wenceslas Lauret’s shirt.On the bench, exciting Toulouse scrum-half Antoine Dupont nudges ahead of Baptiste Serin.
Thomas Ramos takes the utility back spot among the replacements as Maxime Medard is injured with a muscle problem, having started against Wales.“I was very impressed by the English performance against the Irish, the English dominated the whole thing physically and with intensity, and they schooled Ireland. Certainly, their power can do damage as well,” Brunel told reporters when announcing his team.
“Our main goal is to increase the tempo. We managed to do it in the first half against Wales and we need it to continue.”