Quartet return for France

France have made four changes in personnel to their team for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Italy in Rome.

France have made four changes in personnel to their team for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Italy in Rome.

Damien Traille, who will play at full-back, and centre Florian Fritz return to the starting line-up behind the scrum, while forwards Julien Bonnaire and Fabien Barcella are also back involved.

Julien Malzieu, Mathieu Bastareaud, Jerome Thion and Lionel Faure are the men to drop out, with prop Faure not even making the bench.

Sebastien Chabal returns to the second row having played at flanker in the 34-10 defeat to England on Sunday that ruined France’s hopes of claiming their fourth Six Nations title in six years.

Scrum-half Frederic Michalak and hooker William Servat, called up on Monday as injury replacements for Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Benjamin Kayser, are on the bench.

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