Six Nations 2017: France bring in lock Vahaamahina against Wales

Sebastien Vahaamahina
Sebastien Vahaamahina was born in New Caledonia and will win his 25th France cap against Wales
Six Nations: France v Wales
Venue: Stade de France, Paris Date: Saturday, 18 March Kick-off: 14:45 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

France head coach Guy Noves has made one change to their starting line-up as they host Wales in the Six Nation on Saturday.

Clermont Auvergne's 6ft 8in, 19st 6lb lock Sebastien Vahaamahina takes over from Brive's Julien Le Devedec.

Like Wales, France have lost twice in the 2017 tournament, but lie third behind Ireland and winners England.

Fourth-placed Wales go to Paris unchanged after beating Ireland 22-9 last Friday.

The hosts have also made three changes among the replacements.

Hooker Camille Chat has taken over from Christophe Tolofu, Le Devedec drops to the bench and flanker Damien Chouly comes in after being called up at the start of the week.

Tight-head Rabah Slimani is one of three players from troubled Stade Francais in the match squad.

Stade Francais are to merge with Paris rivals Racing 92 at the end of the season, news that was greeted with fury among the Stade players and shock elsewhere.

France: Dulin; Nakaitaci, Lamerat, Fickou, Vakatawa; Lopez, Serin; Picamoles, Gourdon, Sanconnie, Maestri, Vahaamahina, Slimani, Guirado (capt), Baille.

Replacements: Chat, Atonio, Ben Arous, Le Devedec, Chouly, Trinh-Duc, Dupont, Huget.

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