France reshuffle side


MARCOUSSIS, February 8 – Damien Traille has been moved from full-back to centre for France's Six Nations match against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday after Maxime Mermoz was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Toulouse veteran Clement Potrenaud takes Traille’s place at 15 in a team that is otherwise unchanged.

The combination of Traille and Clermont’s Aurelie Rougerie in midfield is the 19th centre partnership since coach Marc Lievremont took over at the end of 2007.

Toulouse centre Yannick Jauzion is called up to the bench after missing out completely on France’s opening 34-21 victory over Scotland, while Biarritz prop Slyvain Marconnet takes the place of Castres’ Luc Ducalcon, who wears the number 23 shirt.

France (15-1)

Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse); Yoann Huget (Bayonne), Aurelie Rougerie (Clermont), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Maxime Medard (Toulouse); Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Morgan Parra (Clermont); Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt); Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro), Julien Pierre (Clermont); Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), William Servat (Toulouse), Thomas Domingo (Clermont)

Replacements: Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Sylvain Marconnet (Biarritz), Jerome Thion (Biarritz), Sebastien Chabal (Racing-Metro), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Luc Ducalcon (Castres)