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Six Nations: France's Yachvili out of Italy game

Six Nations: ITALY v FRANCE
Venue: Stadio Flaminio, Rome Date: Sat, 12 March Kick-off: 1430 GMT
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Dimitri Yachvili
Yachvili started in the defeat by England

France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome.

Yachvili has a thigh injury and will be replaced in the starting XV by Morgan Parra, who started in the wins over Scotland and Ireland.

Meanwhile, Italy coach Nick Mallett has made seven changes to the side beaten by Wales a fortnight ago.

Luciano Orquera, one of eight players in the starting XV based in France, replaces Kristopher Burton at fly-half.

Andrea Masi, Gonzalo Garcia and Tommaso Benvenuti come into the backs and Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Andrea Lo Cicero and Carlo Festuccia the pack.

France coach Marc Lievremont has recalled full-back Maxime Medard, flanker Julien Bonnaire and prop Sylvain Marconnet.

Number eight Sebastien Chabal has surprisingly retained his place after a poor performance in the 17-9 defeat by England at Twickenham last month.

Huget underwent a kind of media hazing but the boy is tough

France coach Marc Lievremont

Montpellier scrum-half Julien Tomas has been called into the squad to provide cover and is likely to add to his two caps from the bench.

Lievremont said: "I watched the [England] game again. Chabal's performance did not seem disastrous to me."

Despite the media criticism he faced after the Twickenham loss, Bayonne's Yoann Huget will start on the wing.

"I like what he did with his club last weekend," added Lievremont. "He underwent a kind of media hazing but the boy is tough."

France, who completed a Grand Slam to win last year's championship, are third in the Six Nations standings, level on points with second-placed Wales and fourth-placed Ireland.

Unbeaten England top the table while Italy are bottom following three defeats from as many games.


Italy: Andrea Masi, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Gonzalo Garcia, Mirco Bergamasco, Luciano Orquera, Fabio Semenzato; Sergio Parisse (capt), Robert Barbieri, Alessandro Zanni, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Santiago Dellape, Martin Castrogiovanni, Carlo Festuccia, Andrea Lo Cicero.

Replacements: Leonardo Ghiraldini, Salvatore Perugini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Paul Derbyshire, Pablo Canavosio, Kristopher Burton, Luke McLean.

France: Maxime Medard, Yoann Huget, Aurelien Rougerie, Yannick Jauzion, Vincent Clerc, Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Sylvain Marconnet, William Servat, Nicolas Mas; Julien Pierre, Lionel Nallet; Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Julien Bonnaire, Sebastien Chabal.

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado, Luc Ducalcon, Jerome Thion, Imanol Harinordoquy, Julien Tomas, Damien Traille, Clement Poitrenaud.

England full-back Ben Foden

Extended highlights - England 17-9 France



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see also
Italy 22-21 France
12 Mar 11 |  Rugby Union
England 17-9 France
26 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Italy 16-24 Wales
26 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Six Nations table
10 Aug 06 |  Tables
Six Nations on the BBC
05 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union


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