France have decided to start with Sebastien Chabal against England at Twickenham on Saturday in what looks to be a move to use more muscle against an side that demolished an Italy side one week ago. France have obviously taken note of England’s match against South Africa during the Autumn last year whre South African agression very much put England in their place.
For the English back row it will be of little importance who starts for the French XV and past games have shown that they can knock Chabal back when they need to. So much so that in previous matches, French heads have started to drop when seeing their talisman being knocked back rather than charging through tackles that fans see the big forward to on very much a weekly basis.
Questions still remain as to whether Lewid Moody or Tom Wood will keep their position on the flank although it is believed that Chabal’s inclusion from the starting whistle will have little or no bearing on England’s first XV.
Other changes to the France starting line up include Damien Traille moving to the bench to allow Yannick Jauzion a starting place at inside centre and a switch for Maxime Medard from wing to full back.