France make five changes for Six Nations

Scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud will start France’s Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff on Friday as coach Guy Noves made five changes to his team.

Machenaud replaced Sebastien Bezy, who started Les Bleus’ first two matches against Italy and Ireland at the Stade de France, which they won 23-21 and 10-9 respectively.

He will pair with flyhalf Jules Plisson who will start for the third time in a row with Francois Trinh-Duc, back after an injury layoff, on the bench.

Djibril Camara was handed his first cap in place of injured winger Teddy Thomas.

Antoine Burban will start at flanker in place of Yacouba Camara while Paul Jedrasiak takes Yoann Maestri’s place in the second row. Rabah Slimani starts at prop with Uini Atonio moving to the bench.

Wales started their Six Nations campaign with a 16-16 draw against Ireland before beating Scotland 27-23.

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