Poitrenaud to face Ireland

France coach Marc Lievremont has made only one change to his team to face Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations on Sunday.

France coach Marc Lievremont has made only one change to his team to face Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations on Sunday.

A shoulder injury to Maxime Mermoz sees Damien Traille switch from full-back to centre, with Clement Poitrenaud promoted from the bench to fill the void, but otherwise Lievremont wanted to retain the side that saw off Scotland 34-21 on Saturday.

“We go with stability,” he said.

Centre Yannick Jauzion has been added to the squad on the bench, although he did miss training today with a shoulder complaint of his own.

“I think Damien (Traille) is better physically and mentally than he was in November,” Lievremont said. “I liked his performance at the back. He can play in many positions.”

It will be Traille’s third different position in as many games, having played at number 10 in the heavy 59-16 defeat to Australia in November and number 15 last weekend.

France: Clement Poitrenaud; Yoann Huget, Aurelien Rougerie, Damien Traille, Maxime Medard; Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Julien Pierre, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy.

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado, Sylvain Marconnet, Jerome Thion, Sebastien Chabal, Dimitri Yachvili, Yannick Jauzion, Vincent Clerc.

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