France’s injury problems continue with the news that Fulgence Ouedraogo and Sylvain Marconnet have been replaced by Alexandre Lapandry and Clement Baiocco respectively.
Montpellier flanker Ouedraogo was forced to withdraw from the squad to face Wales with a calf injury and Lapandry, who made his only international appearance against Samoa last November, taking his place.
Marconnet pulled out last night and was replaced today by the uncapped Racing Metro prop fro Friday’s trip to Cardiff.
France have had their fair share of disruption since the beginning of the tournament.
Marc Lievremont was forced to bring in new wingers after Aurelien Rougerie and Benjamin Fall were hurt in the opening win over Scotland and both their replacements, Vincent Clerc and Alexis Palisson, went off with injuries during last Saturday’s victory over Ireland.
The France boss hailed his country’s strength in depth following their impressive 33-10 win over last year’s grand-slam champions and that is set to be tested once again.