France have named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's Guinness Six Nations clash with Ireland (live on RTÉ2, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1).

Head coach Fabien Galthie has retained faith in the side who edged Italy in Rome last weekend.

The coach has drafted in back row Francois Cros and scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud as replacements for Thomas Lavault and Nolan Le Garrec, respectively.

The Grand Slam champions were made to fight for their 29-24 bonus point win with the hosts blowing a late chance to cause a massive upset.

Antoine Dupont captains the side from scrum-half with Toulouse team-mate Romain Ntamack at 10.

Ireland, who beat Wales on the opening day, made one change to their starting XV.

"We have gone with the same personnel due to the performance firstly, the victory with a bonus, therefore they achieved their target," said Galthie.

"Coherence too, as it is three weeks that we have worked with this group, and finally confidence because we have confidence in our players who for three years have progressed together; that is why there are no surprises in the starting XV nor in the replacements".

Les Bleus have won their last 14 games, while Ireland have not defeated the visitors since 2019.

On Saturday's opposition, Galthie was full of praise.

"Ireland are one of the best adversaries we have played but that will not prevent us being ambitious on Saturday," he said.

"Today Ireland is the best team in the world since last summer after their second win over the All Blacks.

"Andy Farrell replaced Joe Schmidt, who had already transformed Ireland into one of the great powers in world rugby, and Farrell knew how to build on that and their strengths, that is an offensive game, which is the signature of Leinster, of their captain Johnny Sexton.

"When you watch Ireland play you are watching Leinster: there is this attacking style of rugby which is recognised as being remarkable in the rugby world.

"And they have other qualities: wonderful players, talented and above all a deep well of talent that they refresh regularly.

"It is a remarkable achievement by the Irish federation, of the four provinces, of their academies, one cannot but congratulate them".

France: Thomas Ramos; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Yoram Moefana, Ethan Dumortier; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (capt); Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio; Thibaud Flament, Paul Willemse; Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: Gaetan Barlot, Reda Wardi, Sipili Falatea, Romain Taofifenua, Francois Cros, Sekou Macalou, Baptiste Couilloud, Matthieu Jalibert.

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