Gael Fickou moves to wing for France's Six Nations encounter against Wales

Gael Fickou has played 53 Tests for France
Gael Fickou has played 53 Tests for France
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France head coach Fabien Galthie has shifted Gael Fickou to wing for the upcoming third round of the Six Nations clash against Wales to be played in Cardiff on Saturday.

The decision follows after Vincent Rattez is ruled out of the tournament with an injury while Damian Penaud is also unavailable forcing Fickou, who has played 53 Tests to move to left wing.

As a result, Arthur Vincent moves from outside centre to inside while Virimi Vakatawa is slotted at 13.

There are also changes in the bench with Toulouse's Thomas Ramos gets a chance while Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros and Dylan Cretin also get a recall.

France currently hold the top place in the Six Nations table with wins over England and Italy in the opening two games.

France starting line-up: 15 Anthony Bouthier, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Arthur Vincent, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Grégory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon (c), 6 François Cros, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille

Reserves: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Demba Bamba, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Dylan Cretin, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Matthieu Jalibert, 23 Thomas Ramos

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