France change six with the Irish changing three

Marc Lievremont has made changes as he seeks his strongest combinations. Wing Vincent Clerc, who scored two tries at Murrayfield, and fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc, who impressed on his debut, both drop to the bench. Aurelien Rougerie replaces Clerc and David Skrela will start at number 10, whilst Hooker Dimitri Szarzewski, prop Nicolas Mas, lock Arnaud Mela and number eight Julien Bonnaire all come into the pack. Mas takes over from Julien Brugnaut at tight-head and Mela replaces Loic Jacquet the changes are completed with Bonnaire starting in place of Elvis Vermeulen, who drops out of the 22 altogether, with Montepellier’s Louis Picamoles coming onto the bench. The French will be looking to follow up their good win in Scotland with a home win against Ireland on Saturday 9th with a 16.00 kick-off.

France Team

Forwards: N Mas (Perpignan), D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), L Faure (Sale), A Mela (Albi), L Nallet (Castres), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), T Dusautoir (Toulouse), J Bonnaire (Clermont-Auvergne).
backs: J-B Elissalde (Toulouse), D Skrela (Stade Francais), J Malzieu (Clermont-Auvergne), D Traille (Biarritz), D Marty (Perpignan), A Rougerie (Clermont-Auvergne),C Heymans (Toulouse).

Replacements: W Servat (Toulouse), J Brugnaut (Dax), L Jacquet (Clermont-Auvergne), L Picamoles (Montpellier), M Parra (Bourgoin), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), V Clerc (Toulouse).

3 changes for Ireland

Following the unconvincing win against Italy, Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan has made three changes in personnel and three positional switches for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations trip to France. Bernard Jackman replaces Rory Best at hooker, Jamie Heaslip comes in at number eight and Denis Leamy moves to flanker with Simon Easterby benched. With Gordon D’Arcy’s injury, Andrew Trimble moves to inside centre with Robert Kearney named on the left wing, meaning Leicester’s Geordan Murphy switches from the left to the right wing.

Ireland Team

Forwards: Horan, Jackman, Hayes, O’Callaghan, O’Kelly, Leamy, D Wallace, Heaslip.
Backs: Reddan, O’Gara, Kearney, Trimble, B O’Driscoll (capt), Murphy, Dempsey

Replacements: Best, Buckley, M O’Driscoll, Easterby, Stringer, P Wallace, Horgan.