Six Nations: France make two changes for match against Ireland

Clement Poitrenaud
Clement Poitrenaud comes in at full-back for France

RBS SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: FRANCE v IRELAND

Venue:
Stade de France
Date:
Sunday, 4 March
Kick-off:
1500 GMT
Coverage:
Live on BBC One, BBC 5 Live sports extra, BBC Radio Ulster MW, BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website

France have made two personnel changes to their starting line-up for Sunday's rearranged Six Nations match against Ireland in Paris.

Clement Poitrenaud comes in at full-back for the injured Maxime Medard while Julien Bonnaire replaces Louis Picamoles in the back row.

Bonnaire will play at flanker, with Imanol Harinordoquy moving to number eight, and Picamoles on the bench.

Medard sustained a knee injury in the 23-17 win over Scotland.

Medard scored a try in the Murrayfield game before being forced to hobble off.

The full-back's Toulouse team-mate Poitrenaud was drafted into the squad on Monday.

Poitrenaud won the last of his 44 caps in last year's Six Nations defeat by England at Twickenham.

The match was originally scheduled for 11 February, but was called off 10 minutes before kick-off because parts of the pitch at the Stade de France were frozen.

France team

Clement Poitrenaud; Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu; François Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Jean-Baptiste-Poux, Dimiti Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas; Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri; Thierry Dusautoir, Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy.

Replacements: William Servat, Vincent Debaty, Lionel Nallet, Louis Picamoles, Julien Dupuy, Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Mermoz

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