France drop Teddy Thomas for Ireland game

Fabien Galthie makes two changes for clash in Dublin

Damian Penaud starts instead of Teddy Thomas (pictured) on the wing. Photograph: Inpho

Damian Penaud starts instead of Teddy Thomas (pictured) on the wing. Photograph: Inpho

 

France coach Fabien Galthie made two changes from the team who beat Italy for their Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva stadium on Sunday.

Anthony Jelonch comes in for Dylan Cretin in the back row and Damian Penaud starts instead of Teddy Thomas on the wing.

France beat Ireland in their last encounter in last year’s Six Nations, but they have not won in Dublin since an international test in 2011. Les Bleus beat Italy 50-10 in their championship opener in Rome last weekend while Ireland lost 21-16 away to Wales.

France: Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou, Gabin Villiere; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas; Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse; Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon (captain), Gregory Alldritt. Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Hassane Kolingar, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Boutier, Teddy Thomas

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