Six Nations 2018: Matthieu Jalibert to make France debut v Ireland

Matthieu Jalibert gets the ball away under pressure for Bordeaux-Begles
Matthieu Jalibert has impressed for club side Bordeaux-Begles this season
2018 Six Nations: France v Ireland
Venue: Stade de France, Paris Date: 3 February Kick-off: 16:45 GMT
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Teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert will make his debut for France in the Six Nations against Ireland on Saturday.

The 19-year-old has been handed his first cap by Jacques Brunel, who has replaced Guy Noves as France boss and coached Jalibert at Bordeaux-Begles before taking charge of Les Bleus.

He will partner Maxime Machenaud in the half-backs in a side captained by Guilhem Guirado.

There is a second new cap in the shape of Castres full-back Geoffrey Palis.

France team to face Ireland: Palis; Thomas, Lamerat, Chavancy, Vakatawa; Jalibert, Machenaud; Poirot, Guirado (capt), Slimani, Iturria, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Camara, Gourdon

Replacements: Pelissie, Priso, Gomes Sa, Gabrillagues, Tauleigne, Dupont, Belleau, Fall

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