While the other Six Nations team enjoy their bye week, the Ireland and France rugby teams must prepare for their rescheduled round two Six Nations match this weekend. Both teams now face the difficult task of playing four Six Nations tests over four consecutive weekends.
Ireland have named an unchanged 22 from the one that thrashed Italy by thirty points in round two. Meanwhile, France have made two changes to the team that narrowly defeated Scotland at Murrayfield (see Six Nations Round Two Results). Julien Bonnaire comes into number six, so Louis Picamoles moves to the bench and Imanol Harinordoquy shifts to the base of the scrum. Due to an injury to Maxime Medarde, Clement Poitrenaud comes on at fullback.
TESTRUGBY.COM FANTASY RUGBY PLAYERS DO NOT CHANGE YOUR TEAMS
The players you had for round two will be used for this replacement match. To check out who you had, click on the points total (link) next to ‘Round 2’ at www.testrugby.com.
Unfortunately for situations like Maxime Medard, those who had him for that round will receive no points as he is injured in this game.
Ireland Rugby Team to play France:
15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Donnacha Ryan, 19 Peter O’Mahony, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Fergus McFadden.
France Rugby Team to play Ireland:
15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Reserves: 16 William Servat, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Lionel Nallet, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Maxime Mermoz.