Saturday 24 March 2018

Les Bleus reshuffle for visit to Cardiff

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has reshuffled his squad ahead of their final RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales this weekend.

Les Bleus head to Cardiff looking to derail Welsh hopes of landing the Grand Slam and Saint-Andre has made six changes, the most notable of which sees 19-year-old Clermont back Jean-Marcellin Buttin called up for the first time.

Julien Pierre, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Dimitri Yachvili, Alexis Palisson and Florian Fritz were all named as Saint-Andre reacts to Sunday's 24-22 home defeat by England which ended France's title hopes.

Julien Dupuy, Maxime Mermoz, Julien Malzieu and Lionel Nallet all make way while Vincent Clerc has a shoulder injury.

There are also injury doubts over Thierry Dusautoir (knee), Imanol Harinordoquy (knee) and Julien Bonnaire (elbow).

Scots salute Taylor 'coup'

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has hailed the appointment of Matt Taylor as Scotland defence coach as a "coup".

The Scottish Rugby Union yesterday revealed the former Scotland A forward would be Glasgow's defence coach and today confirmed he would perform the same role with the national team.

The 39-year-old former Edinburgh and Border Reivers flanker has signed a three-year contract and is leaving his role as assistant coach with the Queensland Reds, who he helped to the Super 15 title last season.

Robinson said: "Firstly I'd like to pay tribute to Graham Steadman who is moving on from the Scotland defence coach role.

"I believe Matt Taylor's appointment is a coup for us.

"He is someone who is passionate about Scotland and Scottish rugby and his record with Queensland Reds speaks volumes about what he will bring to his new role."

Taylor said: "There is a long and proud tradition in Scottish rugby and to be part of that is not only a great honour but a huge opportunity."

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