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Pape misses out for Les Bleus

4th February 2013, 07:31pm

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Pascal Pape: Injury blow

Pascal Pape: Injury blow

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has kept faith with the players humbled by Italy yesterday for his side's second game of this year's RBS 6 Nations, against Wales on Saturday.

Saint-Andre has made just one enforced change to his side, with injured captain Pascal Pape replaced by Toulon lock Jocelino Suta.

Back-row forward Thierry Dusautoir will return to the captaincy in the absence of Pape, who suffered a lower back injury during the shock 23-18 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

The same personnel will be given the chance to make amends for that result, with Saint-Andre calling for a much-improved team effort against a Wales side also looking to bounce back from an opening defeat, against Ireland on Saturday.

He said: "With Yannick (Bru) and Patrice (Lagisquet, Saint-Andre's assistants), we have looked back several times over the match, analysed and dissected the game and the players.

"Our team must rediscover their collective spirit, their enthusiasm and spontaneity.

"To work with this group and refine the team's rhythm for this short week, we have not made any changes except for the injury to Pascal Pape.

"I hope this will bring us better cohesion to beat Wales on Saturday at the Stade de France and that there will be a greater fighting spirit.

"The tournament is far from over, our ambition is always there to produce our best in this high-level competition."

France squad to face Wales on Saturday:

Forwards: V Debaty (Clermont), Y Forestier (Castres), B Kayser (Clermont), D Szarzewski (Racing Metro), L Ducalcon (Racing Metro), N Mas (Perpignan), Y Maestri (Toulouse), J Suta (Toulon), R Taofifenua (Perpignan), D Chouly (Clermont), T Dusautoir (captain, Toulouse), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), L Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: M Machenaud (Racing Metro), M Parra (Clermont), F Michalak (Toulon), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M Bastareaud (Toulon), B Fall (Racing Metro), W Fofana (Clermont), F Fritz (Toulouse), Y Huget (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Toulon).


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