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France Make Three Changes To Starting XV To Face Ireland

France Make Three Changes To Starting XV To Face Ireland
By PJ Browne Updated
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France have made three changes to their team to play Ireland on Saturday evening to the one which started against Scotland on February 12th.

Two of those changes are in the forward division. In the front row, Rabah Slimani will start ahead of Uini Atonio who has to settle for a place on the bench.

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A clash of heads in the game against Scotland has ruled out Loann Goujon for a month. Bernard Le Roux will start in his place.

The final change from Guy Noves sees Yoann Huget replace Virimi Vakatawa who has a thigh injury. That also means Noa Nakaitaci will swap wings.

France team to play Ireland

1. Cyril Baille

2. Guilhem Guirado (cap.)

3. Rabah Slimani

4. Sebastien Vahaamahina

5. Yoann Maestri

6. Bernard Le Roux

7. Kevin Gourdon

8. Louis Picamoles

9. Baptiste Serin

10. Camille Lopez

11. Noa Nakatataci

12. Gael Fikou

13. Remi Lamerat

14. Yoann Huget

15. Scott Spedding

Notably, there's no specialist out-half on among the French replacements. Should Camille Lopez be injury, it's likely that Baptiste Serin would take over at ten.

Replacements:

16. Christopher Tolofua 17. Uini Atonio 18. Eddy Ben Arous 19. Julien Le Devedec 20. Charles Ollivon 21. Maxime Machenaud 22. Henry Chavancy 23. Djibril Camara

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