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Sport Thomas replaces Penaud in three France changes for Wales Test

12:50  22 october  2020
12:50  22 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Grand Slam hopefuls France have made two changes for their match with Scotland, who have Fraser Brown poised to win his 50th cap. Penaud , 23, suffered a calf injury during the captain's run ahead of the opening matchday victory against England and he now replaces Thomas , who has started the

Winger Damian Penaud will return from injury to replace Teddy Thomas for France 's Six Nations Penaud , 23, has missed Les Bleus' three opening victories in the tournament after suffering a calf Thomas was substituted after 66 minutes of the win over Wales on February 22 and Galthie opted

Winger Teddy Thomas replaced the injured Damian Penaud as one of three changes in the side named by France coach Fabien Galthie on Thursday to host Wales this weekend ahead of the end of the Six Nations.

a man in a blue shirt throwing a frisbee: Teddy Thomas has scored 11 tries in 19 Tests since making his France debut in 2014 © FRANCK FIFE Teddy Thomas has scored 11 tries in 19 Tests since making his France debut in 2014

Galthie's men welcome Wayne Pivac's team to Paris on Saturday in a Test match, a week before a potential tournament decider against Ireland which was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Penaud is suffering from an ankle problem, while Vincent Rattez comes in for Arthur Vincent as Gael Fickou reverts to centre and Jean-Baptiste Gros takes the place of retired Jefferson Poirot at loosehead prop from the loss at Scotland in March.

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Winger Damian Penaud will return from injury to replace Teddy Thomas for France 's Six Nations Penaud , 23, has missed les Bleus' three opening victories in the tournament after suffering a calf Thomas was substituted after 66 minutes of the win over Wales on February 22 and Galthie opted

France have made six changes to the side which lost 24-19 home to Wales for Sunday's Guinness Six Nations match Bamba replaces the injured Uini Atonio in the front row, while Lambey is preferred to South African-born lock Paul Damian Penaud 13. Mathieu Bastareaud 12. Geoffrey Doumayrou 11.

Tighthead Mohamed Haouas keeps his place after serving his suspension for punching Jamie Ritchie at Murrayfield.


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France side to face Wales on Saturday (1910 GMT):

Anthony Bouthier; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Vincent Rattez; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon (capt), Francois Cros; Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux; Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille

Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Thomas Ramos, Arthur Vincent

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No need to panic for Pivac, says Gatland .
Wales coach Wayne Pivac should get on with the job of building a side which can be contenders for the 2023 World Cup rather than listening to the critics, says his predecessor Warren Gatland. However, Pivac and his coaching team must close their ears to criticism form outside and get on with the job. "That's what they need to think about -- forget about external pressure and make sure they're focused on what they want to achieve, first in the short term and then the long term," said Gatland."So forget about all the stuff people are saying about them and the pressure that's coming from the outside.

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