France change three ahead of Italy clash


MARCOUSSIS, March 8 – France coach Marc Lievremont made three changes to his starting lineup on Tuesday when he named his side to play Italy in the Six Nations tournament in Rome on Saturday.

Two of those were in the pack where Castres flanker Julien Bonnaire replaces Imanol Harinordoquy and Sylvain Marconnet returns at loose-head prop taking over from Thomas Domingo.

Maxime Medard, who missed the 17-9 loss to England at Twickenham due to injury, comes at full-back for Clement Poitrenaud.

Maxime Medard (Toulouse): Yoann Huget (Bayonne), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse); Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz); Sebastien Chabal (Racing-Metro), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt); Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro), Julien Pierre (Clermont); Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), William Servat (Toulouse), Sylvain Marconnet (Biarritz)

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), Jerome Thion (Biarritz), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse)