Clerc returns as coach makes five changes
Wing Vincent Clerc is back in the France squad for their Six Nations trip to England as coach Philippe Saint-Andre made five changes to the group who started the campaign with back-to-back defeats against Italy and Wales.
The inclusion of Clerc, who was ruled out of the first two matches with a thigh injury, will likely allow Wesley Fofana to move back to centre after he started the Italy and Wales games on the wing. Centre Maxime Mermoz, who was anonymous in Paris on Saturday in their 16-6 defeat to Wales, is dropped, as well as loose forwards Fulgence Ouedraogo and Damien Chouly, prop Yannick Forestier and lock Romain Taofifenua. Uncapped South African-born flanker Antonie Claassen and lock Cristophe Samson are called up.
Squad: Forwards - V Debaty, T Domingo, B Kayser, D Szarzewski, L Ducalcon, N Mas, Y Maestri, C Samson, J Suta, A Claassen, T Dusautoir (capt), Y Nyanga, L Picamoles, Backs: M Machenaud, M Parra, F Michalak, F Trinh-Duc, M Bastareaud, V Clerc, B Fall, W Fofana, F Fritz, Y Huget.