Lievremont rings the changes ahead of return friendly

France coach Marc Lievremont has made true on his promise to ring the changes for this weekend's return friendly against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, by making 13 changes to the side that started in Bordeaux on Saturday.

France coach Marc Lievremont has made true on his promise to ring the changes for this weekend's return friendly against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, by making 13 changes to the side that started in Bordeaux on Saturday.

Among the changes made for the Dublin warm-up match is 30-year-old Aurelein Rougerie, who is playing for the first time since fracturing his ankle in May's Top 14 semi-final.

Rougerie will line out at outside centre with Fabrice Estebanez on his inside, while Maxime Medard and Alexis Palisson - one of only two players to retain their starting places from Saturday - are on the wings.

Cedric Heymans replaces Biarritz's Damien Traille at fullback.

Lievermont has also chosen a new half back partnership, Morgan Parra and David Skrela starting in the place of Dimitri Yachvili and Francois Trinh-Duc, as the France coach looks to finalise his selections ahead of their final warm up match before the World Cup.

In the pack, a lingering knee injury to William Servat means that Dimitri Szarzewski joins Palisson as the only survivors from Saturday's victory, Nicolas Mas and Jean Baptiste Poux partnering him in the front row, with Lionel Nallet - who will captain the side - and Pascal Pape starting at lock.

Regular captain Thierry Dusautoir is rested, as Julien Bonnaire, Louis Picamoles and Fulgence Ouedraogo make up the back row.

Following this weekend's warm up match, Lievermont will be revealing his 30-man squad for the tournament on Sunday. France open their campaign in North Shore against Japan on September 10.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney will tomorrow name his teams for Thursday's game against Connacht as well as Saturday's clash with the French.

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