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France make six changes as they aim for two in two

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France coach Guy Noves made six changes to the side that won on the opening weekend for the round two clash against Ireland. Some of these changes are tactical but most are forced because of personal or injury reasons.

 

Les Bleus made a triumphant start to their campaign winning 23-21 against Italy at home and would love to carry out their winning form against Ireland. But, Noves will have to do without the injured Louis Picamoles as also Gael Fickou, who is missing the game because of personal reasons.

Replacing them in the squad would be Yacouba Camara which moves Damien Chouly shifting to number 8, and Maxime Mermoz comes in the centre in place of Fickou.

Backline also sees another change with Teddy Thomas coming onto the wing for Hugo Bonneval who drops down to the bench. Noves has also decided to replace both props, Edy Ben Arous and Rabah Slimani with Jefferson Poirot and Uini Atonio drafted to start in their place.

In the last of the changes, Noves opted to shuffle his second row with Alexandre Flanquart starting ahead of Paul Jedrasiak. There is a considerable air of optimism in Paris as the home team made a good start to their RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Virimi Vakatawa scored a try on debut and was catchy with his display showing little signs of being the newcomer. There is no doubt that he would continue to pose questions to the teams in this year’s Championships.

France haven’t won against Ireland since 2011 and would be looking to erase that deficit this weekend. And of course if they do that, they will achieve two wins out of two at this year’s RBS 6 Nations. Noves would be hoping that the changes will aid his campaign. Can the French upset the Irish? Will they be able to continue their winning start? Stay tuned! 

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