Damian Penaud returns for France against England

Damian Penaud celebrates for France against Scotland in 2022 Six Nations Damian Penaud has recovered from Covid (Jane Barlow/PA)

France have restored Damian Penaud to the right wing for their Grand Slam match against England in Paris on Saturday.

Penaud missed the 13-9 round four victory over Wales after testing positive for Covid but has recovered to take the place of Yoram Moefana in the only change to the starting XV.

Lock Romain Taofifenua also missed the trip to Cardiff because of coronavirus and is picked on the bench as part of a six-two split between forwards and backs, signalling a renewed second-half assault from the pack.

Reigning world player of the year Antoine Dupont leads France as they look to claim their first Championship title since 2010.

France’s team selection shows remarkable continuity throughout the Six Nations with 11 players starting all five matches, with all but one of the changes made in the tournament enforced by Covid.

In total there are nine players from Toulouse, the current Top 14 and European Cup champions, but head coach Fabien Galthie insists club colours are irrelevant on the international stage.

“These players have won a series of victories recently – but for the France team,” Galthie said.

“In my team there is no such thing as the Toulouse, Bordeaux or Clermont players. It is the French national team that is going to this final rendezvous.”

France team to play England

Forwards: 1 Cyril Baille, 2 Julien Marchand, 3 Uini Atonio, 4 Cameron Woki, 5 Paul Willemse, 6 François Cros, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 8 Grégory Alldritt

Backs: 9 Antoine Dupont (Captain), 10 Romain Ntamack, 11 Gabin Villière, 12 Jonathan Danty, 13 Gaël Fickou, 14 Damian Penaud, 15 Melvyn Jaminet

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Mohamed Haouas, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Thibaud Flament, 21 Dylan Cretin, 22 Maxime Lucu, 23 Thomas Ramos

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