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Beauxis returns for France after six-year absence

By Peter Hanson
Lionel Beauxis in action for France

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Lionel Beauxis has earned a France recall for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Scotland, six years after his previous appearance.


The 32-year-old, who last wore an international jersey against Wales in March 2012, has been given the nod after teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert sustained knee ligament damage in last week’s last-gasp loss to Ireland.

Beauxis is one of three changes made by head coach Jacques Brunel, with Geoffrey Doumayrou replacing Henry Chavancy at inside centre and Marco Tauleigne starting at number eight, with Kevin Gourdon out due to an ankle injury.

Louis Picamoles takes Tauleigne’s spot among the replacements, with Baptiste Serin the back-up scrum-half in the absence of the injured Antoine Dupont, while Eddy Ben Arous is also added to the bench.

France XV: Geoffrey Palis, Teddy Thomas, Remi Lamerat, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Virimi Vakatawa, Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Arthur Iturria, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne.

Replacements: Adrien Pelissie, Eddy Ben Arous, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall.



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