February 9, 2018 / 9:12 AM / 10 days ago

Rugby - Beauxis back for France as Brunel makes three changes

(Reuters) - Flyhalf Lionel Beauxis will make his return to the France team after a six-year hiatus as coach Jacques Brunel made three changes for Les Bleus’s Six Nations trip to Scotland on Sunday.

Beauxis, who won his last cap in 2012, stands in for Mathieu Jalibert who sustained a knee injury in last Saturday’s 15-13 home defeat against Ireland.

Flanker Marco Tauleigne comes in for the injured Kevin Gourdon while centre Geoffrey Doumayrou replaces Henry Chavancy.

Tauleigne, however, has been ill and faces a late fitness test and should be replaced by Louis Picamoles if he is not able to start at Murrayfield.

“We think that the weather conditions won’t be good so at the beginning of the game we will need experimented players and Lionel Beauxis’s kicking game will help us,” Brunel told a news conference on Friday.

“We know Lionel, he has not been very consistent but he showed great things with Lyon this season, That’s why he is here. He is confident.”

Hooker and captain Guilhem Guirado will lead an unchanged front five after the French pack produced a convincing performance against Ireland.

Team:

15-Geoffrey Palis, 14-Teddy Thomas, 13-Remi Lamerat, 12-Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11-Virimi Vakatawa, 10-Lionel Beauxis, 9-Maxime Machenaud, 8-Marco Tauleigne, 7-Yacouba Camara, 6-Wenceslas Lauret, 5-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4-Arthur Iturria, 3-Rabah Slimani, 2-Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1-Jefferson Poirot.

Replacements: 16-Adrien Pelissie, 17-Eddy Ben Arous, 18-Cedate Gomes Sa, 19-Paul Gabrillagues, 20-Louis PIcamoles, 21-Baptiste Serin, 22-Anthony Belleau, 23-Benjamin Fall.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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