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France forced into late change to XV ahead of Italy clash

By Josh Raisey
France's Louis Bielle-Biarrey (2nd L), France's hooker Peato Mauvaka (2nd R) and France's flanker Charles Ollivon (R) take part in a training session of the French rugby team in Marcoussis, south of Paris, on February 6, 2024, as part of France's national rugby union team's preparations for the Six Nations Rugby Union tournament match between France and Scotland scheduled for February 10 in Paris. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

France winger Louis Bielle-Biarrey has been forced to withdraw from France’s Guinness Six Nations contest against Italy on Sunday, France have confirmed in a statement on social media.


The 20-year-old was set to start on the left wing at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille in round three of the Championship, and has been replaced in the squad by Toulouse winger Matthis Lebel, who had been released back to his club for this weekend’s latest round of Top 14 action.

French outlet Sud Rugby Radio have reported that the Bordeaux-Begles wing has a stiff neck.

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France 7s Captain Paulin Riva Dupont joining the 7s squad

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Lebel will start on the left wing against the Azzurri, though Bielle-Biarrey’s Bordeaux-Begles teammate Yoram Moefana could have been promoted from the bench to the starting XV.

Moefana started against Ireland in round one on the wing, with Bielle-Biarrey on the bench, but their roles reversed in round two victory over Scotland in Edinburgh, with Bielle-Biarrey bagging the match-winning try for Les Bleus.

France XV: 15. Ramos 14. Penaud 13. Fickou 12. Danty 11. Lebel  10. Jalibert 9. Lucu 8. Cros 7. Ollivon (cap) 6. Boudehent 5. Tuilagi 4. Woki 3. Atonio 2. Mauvaka 1. Baille

Replacements: 16. Marchand 17. S.Taofifenua 18. Aldegheri 19. R.Taofifenua 20. Roumat 21. Abadie 22. Le Garrec 23. Moefana




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