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France re-shuffle pack for England clash

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  • France make four changes to their squad for Twickenham clash with England
  • France back in the Six Nations title hunt following the 21-16 victory over Wales
  • England scrum-half Danny Care apologizes for his yellow card against Ireland
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(CNN) -- France have made four changes, opting for an experienced squad to take on England in their crucial Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham on March 15.

Giant Sale forward Sebatien Chabal has been switched from lock to the back row.

Giant Sale forward Sebatien Chabal has been switched from lock to the back row.

France played themselves back into contention for the championship with a 21-16 win over Wales last Friday and will look to step up their challenge against England, who have already lost two of their three matches.

The main changes center around the forwards with Clermont No 8 Julien Bonnaire and Biarritz lock Jerome Thion returning and Sale's Sebastien Chabal switching from lock to back row.

Biarritz's Damien Traille is restored in the backs with fellow center Florian Fritz coming in for Benoit Baby, who switched to fly-half for the victory over Wales but is now injured.

Clement Poitrenaud, Fulgence Ouedraogo and Louis Picamoles are the other players to make way as coach Marc Lievremont continues to re-shuffle his resources.

It leaves Francois Trinh-Duc of Montpellier as the only recognized fly-half in the 23-strong squad.

Meanwhile England scrum-half Danny Care has apologized for the needless push which led to him being sin-binned at a crucial stage of the 14-13 defeat to Ireland last week.

Care, who came on as a replacement at Croke Park, charged into Ireland prop Marcus Horan to earn a yellow card with 10 minutes remaining.

He was promptly dropped by furious England manager Martin Johnson for the French match

"I don't think I can really defend what I did, but also I believe because of the disciplinary situation with England at the moment it was magnified," Care told

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