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France ring changes after Ireland defeat

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  • France make four changes for Six Nations visit of Scotland at weekend
  • Coach Marc Lievremont keeps faith with Lionel Nallet as captain
  • Mike Tindall returns to England team for crunch match against Wales
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(CNN) -- France have reacted to their defeat in Ireland by making four changes for the Six Nations clash against Scotland in Paris on Saturday.

French coach Marc Lievremont, above, is confident Florian Fritz will be cleared to face Scotland

French coach Marc Lievremont, above, is confident Florian Fritz will be cleared to face Scotland

Julien Malzieu makes way for Cedric Heymans on the left wing in the only change in the backs.

Fabien Barcella, Nicolas Mas and Romain Millo-Chluski come in for Lionel Faure, Benoit Lecouls and Sebastien Chabal in the pack.

An experimental French team lost a thriller at Croke Park 30-21, but coach Marc Lievremont sticks with Castres lock Lionel Nallet as captain, despite his indifferent form.

"At no time have we envisaged changing our captain," Lievremont told Press Association.

"He is our captain. In no way is it a handicap to start him. We are very happy with his performance (against Ireland)."

Doubts also remain over the participation of center Florian Fritz, who was cited for a gouging incident during the Ireland defeat.

Lievremont said he was confident Fritz would be cleared.

"He is innocent, there is nothing significant there (on the video)," he added. "For the moment, he is playing. He goes to London tomorrow and we will see."

Scotland, who lost their opening match 26-13 to reigning champions Wales at Murrayfield on Sunday, have delayed naming their team.

Coach Frank Hadden must cope with a string of injuries with prop Geoff Cross and wing Simon Webster, both of whom were briefly knocked out making tackles at the weekend, the major worries.

France: Clement Poitrenaud; Maxime Medard, Florian Fritz, Yannick Jauzion, Cedric Heymans (all Toulouse); Lionel Beauxis (Stade Francais), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres); Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Lionel Nallet (Castres, capt.), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz).

Replacements: Renaud Boyoud (Dax), Benjamin Kayser (Leicester), Sebastien Chabal (Sale), Louis Picamoles (Montpellier), Morgan Parra (Bourgoin), Benoit Baby, Julien Malzieu (both Clermont-Auvergne).

World Cup winner Mike Tindall has been recalled to the England team to play defending champions Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Tindall is one of two changes to the starting team against Italy last weekend, the other being the dropping of back-row forward Steffon Armitage for Joe Worsley.

Armitage, who made his international debut in last Saturday's 36-11 win over Italy and whose brother Delon retains his place at fullback, is omitted from the match squad altogether.

There was still no place for Wasps fly half Danny Cipriani, who was relegated to the England second string team ahead of the win over Italy at Twickenham.

Tindall has recovered from a back injury and takes the place of Jamie Noon at outside centre.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has delayed naming his line-up until Thursday following injuries suffered during the 26-13 weekend win against Scotland at Murrayfield.

England: D Armitage (London Irish); P Sackey (Wasps), M Tindall (Gloucester), R Flutey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); A Goode (Brive), H Ellis (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), N Kennedy (London Irish), J Haskell (Wasps), J Worsley (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins).

Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), J White (Leicester), T Croft (Leicester), L Narraway (Gloucester), P Hodgson (London Irish), T Flood (Leicester), M Tait (Sale Sharks).

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