2011 Rugby World Cup warm-up match teams Ireland v France

Ireland host France in the second of their RWC 2011 warm-up games at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 20 August, with Kick-off at: 1700 BST and live coverage on BBC2.

Brian O’Driscoll the Irish captain who missed the defeats by Scotland and France because of a shoulder injury is fit and returns for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against France in Dublin. Other changes see Gordon D’Arcy play for the first time this season as O’Driscoll’s midfield partner while Keith Earls moves from the centre to left wing. Sean O’Brien moves to number six, Jamie Heaslip and Paul O’Connell start, and Stephen Ferris is a replacement. Jonathan Sexton and Tomas O’Leary are named as the half-back partnership.

Irish coach Declan Kidney has made a total of 10 changes to the starting line-up which faced France in Bordeaux on Saturday.


Ireland: F Jones; A Trimble, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, K Earls; J Sexton, T O’Leary; C Healy, R Best, M Ross; D O’Callaghan, P O’Connell; S O’Brien, D Wallace, J Heaslip.
Replacements: J Flannery, T Court, M McCarthy, S Ferris, E Reddan, R O’Gara, L Fitzgerald.

France: Heymans, Médard, Rougerie, Estebanez, Palisson, Skrela, Parra, Picamoles, Bonnaire, Ouedraogo, Nallet (cap), Papé, Mas, Szarzewski, Poux.
Replacements: Guirado, Barcella, Pierre, Lakafia, Yachvili, Trinh-Duc, Clerc
23ème homme : Ducalcon