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France ring changes for Ireland return

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 15:09

Aurelien Rougerie - Returning from a fractured ankle
Aurelien Rougerie - Returning from a fractured ankle

France coach Marc Lievremont has rung the changes for his team's second World Cup warm-up match against Ireland on Saturday, bringing in 13 new faces including Clermont centre Aurelien Rougerie.

Ireland v France will be live on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (IoI) from 4.30pm on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Rougerie, who has been capped 63 times, is selected for the first time since returning to action after fracturing his ankle in the semi-finals of the Top 14 in early May.

Rougerie will line up alongside Fabrice Estebanez, with Maxime Medard and Alexis Palisson on the wings and Toulouse veteran Cedric Heymans replacing Damien Traille at fullback as the French look to build on last week's 19-12 victory over the Irish.

Lievremont, however, did not pick William Servat because of a lingering knee injury, meaning the Toulouse hooker, along with prop Thomas Domingo, are the sole players not to have played in any of the World Cup warm-up games.

Racing-Metro lock Lionel Nallet takes the captain's armband in the absence of flanker Thierry Dusautoir, while David Skrela and scrum-half Morgan Parra form a new half-back partnership.

Saturday's match against Ireland at Dublin's Lansdowne Road will be France's second and final warm-up game ahead of the Rugby World Cup, with Lievremont revealing his final New Zealand-bound 30-man squad on Sunday.

Ireland will continue their build-up with matches against Connacht on Thursday 18 August and England on Saturday 27 August.

France team for the World Cup warm-up match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, Saturday at 4pm:

Cedric Heymans; Maxime Medard, Aurelien Rougerie, Fabrice Estebanez, Alexis Palisson; David Skrela, Morgan Parra; Julien Bonnaire, Louis Picamoles, Fulgence Ouedraogo; Lionel Nallet (capt), Pascal Pape; Nicolas Mas, Dimitri Szarzewski, Jean-Baptiste Poux.

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado, Fabien Barcella, Julien Pierre, Raphael Lakafia, Dimitri Yachvili, Francois Trinh-Duc, Vincent Clerc, Luc Ducalcon.

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