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Rugby: Uncapped Plisson handed France start against England in Six Nations opener

Published on Jan 30, 2014 5:33 PM

PARIS (REUTERS) - Fly-half Jules Plisson was named to start against England in France's Six Nations rugby union opening game on Saturday, as manager Philippe Saint-Andre continues his experiment with the Les Bleus's half-back pairing.

The 22-year-old Stade Francais player will be alongside scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain, as Saint-Andre will try out his 10th different half-back pairing since he took over from Marc Lievremont after the 2011 World Cup.

"Jules was the obvious choice as he only played 10 minutes with Stade Francais (in the Top 14) last Friday and we did a full session with him at No.10 while Francois Trinh-Duc only started training on Monday," Saint-Andre, who has to make do with the absence of the injured fly-halves Remi Tales and Camille Lopez, told a news conference on Thursday.

"And Jean-Marc Doussain has worked at No.9 last week."

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