France recall Cabannes

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France have made two changes for their opening Five Nations match against the defending champions, Wales, at the Parc des Princes on 21 January.

The flanker Laurent Cabannes and outside-half Christophe Deylaud come in for Arnaud Costes and Yann Delaigue, who both played in the 28-9 victory over Canada at Besancon in December. Delaigue will be on the replacements' bench, but Costes disappears fromthe squad altogether.

Cabannes is recalled despite a poor season so far at club level, but the selectors have remembered that both Cabannes and Deylaud played important roles in France's historic series win over two Tests in New Zealand last year.

Aubin Huber, the former international scrum-half, returns after a year's absence through injury to captain the France B side which will meet their Scottish counterparts in Glasgow on 20 January. France have also included an impressive front row of Philippe Gallard, Frabrice Landreau and the veteran, Louis Armary.

France (v Wales, Paris, 21 January): J L Sadourny (Colomiers); E N'Tamack (Toulouse), P Sella (Agen), T Lacroix (Dax), P Saint-Andre (Montferrand, capt); C Deylaud (Toulouse), G Accoceberry (Begles); L Benezech (Racing), J-M Gonzalez (Bayonne), C Califano (Toulouse), O Merle (Montferrand), O Roumat (Dax), A Benazzi (Agen), L Cabannes (Racing), P Benetton (Agen). Replacements: S Viars (Brive), Y Delaigue (Toulon), A Macabiau (Perpignan), M Cecillon (Bourgoin), M De Roegemont (Toulon), L Seigne (Brive).

FRANCE B (v Scotland B, Glasgow, 20 Jan): O Campan (Agen); D Venditti (Bourgoin), P Carbonneau (Toulouse), T Castaignede (Toulouse), P Bernat-Salles (Pau); B Bellot (Graulhet), A Huber (Toulon, capt); L Armary (Lourdes), F Landreau (Grenoble), P Gallart (Beziers), O Brouzet (Grenoble), A Berthozat (Begles), N Hallinger (Colomiers), A Costes (Montferrand), S Dispagne (Narbonne).

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