France make change to face Ireland after win over Wales


France made a change in their XV to face Ireland in the Six Nations final in Paris on Saturday, Teddy Thomas’ injury forcing Fabien Galthie to change the back line.Thomas being sidelined with a hamstring injury after last weekend’s complete victory over Wales in the autumn warm-up match, left winger Vincent Rattez has moved right to fill the vacancy by Thomas.

Gael Fickou, who started in midfield against the Welsh, takes on Rattez’s left wing jersey while Arthur Vincent is promoted from the bench to start inside center alongside Virimi Vakatawa. With Vincent promoted from the bench, Arthur Retiere comes on the replacements.

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Otherwise, France’s 23rd matchday for the final Six Nations game is the same as the selection that contested Wales in a five-try, 38-21 victory in Paris, inspired by scrum half Antoine Dupont who scored two tries. Captain Charles Ollivon, Cyril Baille and Thomas also crossed paths.

The French attackers are unchanged after the quoted Bernard Le Roux escaped a ban for his forearm incident with Alun Wyn Jones. The hearing decided that foul play did not warrant a red card, leaving the lock free to continue playing.

Third in the run-up to their final Six Nations match against Ireland, the French still have a title shot as they are tied on points with England and one point behind the Irish after three wins last February.

Their attempt to win the Grand Slam came off in March in Scotland where a first half red card for tighthead Mohamed Haouas contributed to their downfall and handed Galthie their first defeat since taking over after the Cup. of the world 2019 in Japan.

FRANCE (vs Ireland, Saturday): Anthony Bouthier; Vincent Rattez, Vrimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Damien Willemsem, Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Aldritt. Reps: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Retiere, Thomas Ramos.


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