Drouin returns for France's Grand Slam decider with England

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Drouin is one of two changes for France with Audrey Forlani promoted from the bench
Drouin is one of two changes for France with Audrey Forlani promoted from the bench

France have made two changes to their side for the Grand Slam decider against England in Bayonne including the return of fly-half Caroline Drouin.

Les Bleues play host to the Red Roses in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations decider in the Basque Country having won all four of their matches to date.

And after missing the last two games through injury, Drouin is fit to take her place in the starting line-up in place of Jessy Trémoulière, who drops to the bench.

Drouin will link up with Laure Sansus, France’s standout player so far in the Championship, in the half-backs, with an unchanged three-quarter line made up for centres Gabrielle Vernier and Maëlle Filopon and back three Marine Ménager, Caroline Boujard and Chloé Jacquet.

The other change is a tactical switch in the pack where Audrey Forlani comes into the second row, having appeared off the bench last week in the 33-5 win over Wales.

With Forlani coming in at lock, Céline Ferer switches to the back row, while Julie Annery drops to the bench.

Forlani will pack down alongside Madoussou Fall in the second row behind the experienced front row of Annaëlle Deshaye, Agathe Sochat and Clara Joyeux.

In the back row, Ferer joins captain Gaëlle Hermet on the flank, with Romane Ménager at No.8.

There is one change among the replacements as Yllana Brosseau is preferred to Assia Khalfaoui as tighthead prop cover.

England have won the last three TikTok Women’s Six Nations titles, with France aiming to secure a first title and Grand Slam since 2018.

The TikTok Women’s Six Nations is more accessible than ever before. To find out how you can watch the Women’s Championship visit: womens.sixnationsrugby.com/tv/

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