By Jonathan Davies

2015 - the year of rugby in the UK

With hopes of winning the Six Nations championship ruined by defeat to Wales in Paris two weeks ago, Philippe Saint-Andre has made eight changes to his France side for Saturday's Six Nations tie against Italy.

Uini Atonio and Brice Dulin are dropped and left out of the squad altogether. Morgan Parra, Rémi Lamerat and Wesley Fofana all miss out through injury. Maxime Mermoz and Gaël Fickou form a new centre partnership in place of Fofana and Lamerat, with Mathieu Basteraud still among the replacements.

Scott Spedding returns to full-back and Noa Nakaitaci makes his Test debut on the left-wing in place of Sofiane Guitoune, who withdrew from the squad with injury this week.

Highly-rated No.8 Loann Goujon also makes his first start and Nicolas Mas comes into the front row for Rabah Slimani in the only other change in the forwards.

Backs: Scott Spedding (Bayonne), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont Auvergne); Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon); Camille Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), Sébastian Tillous-Borde (Castres).

Forwards: Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (captain, Toulouse), Bernard le Roux (Racing Metro), Loann Goujon (La Rochelle).

Replacements: Benjamin Kayser (Clermont Auvergne), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), Vincent Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Damien Chouly (Clermont Auvergne), Rory Kockott (Castres), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon).