French coach Fabien Galthié is expected to make two changes to the team that will face Italy on Sunday February 25. The French coach should line up Perpignan second row Posolo Tuilagi from the outset at the expense of Stade Français captain Paul Gabrillagues.

François Cros and Charles Ollivon, captain in the absence of Grégory Alldritt, will be renewed. Rochelais Paul Boudehent could be chosen as the third wing line.