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Louis Picamoles back in changed French line-up

Updated: Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 16:42 | Comments

Louis Picamoles was dropped for France's game against Scotland following his sarcastic hand-clap to referee Alain Rolland in France's game against Wales
Louis Picamoles was dropped for France's game against Scotland following his sarcastic hand-clap to referee Alain Rolland in France's game against Wales

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Louis Picamoles returns to the French starting line-up to face Ireland in Saturday’s Six Nations decider.

Picamoles had been dropped by France coach Philippe Saint-Andre for disrespecting referee Alain Rollande in France’s clash with Wales.

Exciting youngster Gael Fickou also comes into the France starting XV, in place of Maxime Mermoz, who drops to the bench.

At out-half, Remi Tales replaces Jules Plisson, who has started all of France’s Six Nations games to date.

In the pack, Dimitri Szarzewski comes in at hooker, with Brice Mach dropping out of the matchday squad altogether.Saint-Andre shuffles his back row also, with Picamoles coming in at six. Damien Chouly at number eight and Alexandre Lapandry at seven. Sebastien Vahaamahina drops to the bench.

France team v Ireland: 15 Brice Dulin; 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Maxime Medard; 10 Remi Tales, 9 Maxime Machenaud; 1 Thomas Domingo, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 3 Nicolas Mas; 4 Pascal Pape (Captain), 5 Yoann Maestri; 6 Louis Picamoles, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 8 Damien Chouly.

Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Sebastien  Vahaamahina, 21 Wenceslas Lauret, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Maxime Mermoz.

Live television coverage of the RBS 6 Nations from 12:00 on Saturday 5 March (12:30 Italy v England, 14:45 Wales v Scotland, 17:00 France v Ireland) on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of France v Ireland on Saturday Sport (14:00) on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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