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Chabal moved to back row for England clash

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  • Sebastien Chabal switched to back row as France take on England at Twickenham
  • The giant Sale forward has been plying his trade in second row this season
  • England make three changes and recall veteran lock Simon Shaw
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(CNN) -- Sebastien Chabal has been switched to the back row for France's crunch Six Nations Championship match against England at Twickenham on Sunday.

The instantly recognizable Chabal has returned to the back row for Twickenham clash.

The instantly recognizable Chabal has returned to the back row for Twickenham clash.

The Sale Sharks forward has been playing in the second row for much of the season, but French coach Marc Lievremont wants to strengthen his pack as they bid to build on last week's win over champions Wales.

"He is a versatile player," Lievremont told Press Association.

"He can play in both departments with just as much success. And he will be up against players he knows well."

Chabal's Sale teammate Lionel Faure has been recalled at prop with his knowledge of England players from their participation in the Premiership a key factor.

Jerome Thion also returns after almost a year on the sidelines and will be winning his 45th cap.

He benefited from the injury to Romain Millo-Chluski and comes in at lock for Chabal, who in turn moves to number seven in place of Fulgence Ouedraogo, dropped from the squad completely.

Francois Trinh-Duc starts at fly-half in place of Benoit Baby, who injured his knee in the win over Wales at the Stade de France.

Mathieu Bastareaud retains his place at center alongside Yannick Jauzion, despite the return from suspension of Florian Fritz.

France will be looking to step up their challenge for the title with victory at rugby union's home, particularly with a match against rock-bottom Italy to complete their campaign.

England have made three changes, recalling veteran lock Simon Shaw to replace Nick Kennedy in the side beaten 14-13 by Ireland at Croke Park.

James Haskell also drops to the bench for Tom Croft at blindside flanker and winger Ugo Monye comes in for Paul Sackey, who has a calf injury.

England have won their last two matches against France with victory in the 2007 World Cup semifinals and last year's Six Nations.

Meanwhile, Scotland have called up lock Jim Hamilton, who has recovered from a shoulder injury to face Six Nations leaders Ireland this weekend.

The Edinburgh player, who missed the win over Italy, comes in for Alastair Kellock.

Head coach Frank Hadden had delayed naming his 22 for the match at Murrayfield to give Hamilton and fellow second row forwrad Nathan Hines more time to prove their fitness.

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