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Four changes for France

2012-02-07 13:51

Marcoussis - Coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Tuesday announced four changes to his line-up for France's Six Nations game against Ireland at the Stade de France on Saturday.

The former Sale boss took over from Marc Lievremont after the World Cup and enjoyed a 30-12 success over Italy in his first match in charge on Saturday.

Despite that win, Saint-Andre revealed four changes to the pack.

In the front-row Jean-Baptiste Poux takes over at loose-head prop from Vincent Debaty while Dimitri Szarzewski comes in at hooker for William Servat.

Yoann Maestri of Toulouse wins his first cap at lock in place of veteran Lionel Nallet, who drops down to the bench, while Imanol Harinordoquy takes over from Julian Bonnaire at flanker.

The backs remain as they were against Italy.

The France team announced on Tuesday to play Ireland in the Six Nations tournament at the Stade de France on Saturday:

15 Maxime Médard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Imanol Harinordoquy, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.

Susbtitutes: 16 William Servat, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Lionel Nallet, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Maxime Mermoz

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