France coach Guy Noves says the three changes to Les Bleus' starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland are all logical choices.

Prop Rabah Slimani, flanker Bernard Le Roux and wing Yoann Huget come in for Uini Atonio, Loann Goujon and Virimi Vakatawa respectively for the Aviva Stadium clash.

New Zealand-born wing Vakatawa has a thigh injury while Atonio makes way for Slimani, who scored a try against England in the narrow defeat at Twickenham.

Back-row forward Goujon has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament after fracturing a bone in his sinuses following a clash of heads in the match against Scotland.

France beat Scotland 22-16 at the Stade de France last time out and Noves chose to only made minor adjustments to his team before taking on Joe Schmidt's Ireland.

"Virimi (Vakatawa) was injured after the match against Scotland two weeks ago," the Frenchman told L'Equipe.

"We felt that he had to stay with us to take care of himself and work, insofar as he is part of the FFR.

"The logic was therefore Yoann (Huget), who is getting back in shape. He is full of enthusiasm, he has been exceptional in his behaviour by putting himself at the service of others."

When asked why Le Roux was given the nod at flanker ahead of Charles Ollivon, Noves added: "It still seems quite logical, too.

"Bernard had been released so that he could play with his club, he played full matches. The injuries of Loann Goujon and Damien Chouly meant that he could return and possibly start.

"Charles Ollivon also returned, but he played less (17 minutes with Toulon)."

France team to play Ireland: S Spedding (Clermont Auvergne); N Nakaitaci (Clermont Auvergne), R Lamerat (Clermont Auvergne), G Fickou (Toulouse), Y Huget (Toulouse); C Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), B Serin (Bordeaux-Begles); C Baille (Toulouse), G Guirado (Toulon, capt), R Slimani (Stade Francais), S V Vahaamahina (Clermont Auvergne), Y Maestri (Toulouse), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), K Gourdon (La Rochelle), L Picamoles (Northampton).

Replacements: C Tolofua (Toulouse), U Atonio (La Rochelle), E Ben Arous (Racing 92), J Le Devedec (Brive), C Ollivon (Toulon), M Machenaud (Racing 92), H Chavancy (Racing 92), D Camara (Stade Francais).

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