RBS 6 Nations 2011: France team to play Ireland

Notorious tinkerman Marc Lievremont has made just one enforced change to his French team to take on Ireland at Lansdowne Road this weekend.

Maxime Mermoz misses out through injury, so Damien Traille moves to inside centre and Clement Poitrenaud starts at full-back. Yannick Jauzion and Sylvain Marconnet have been added to the replacements bench.

It seems like a settled side – is it a Championship-winning team?

15. Clement Poitrenaud
14. Yoann Huget
13. Aurelien Rougerie
12. Damien Traille
11. Maxime Medard
10. Francois Trinh-Duc
9. Morgan Parra

1. Thomas Domingo
2. William Servat
3. Nicolas Mas
4. Julien Pierre
5. Lionel Nallet
6. Thierry Dusautoir (capt)
7. Julien Bonnaire
8. Imanol Harinordoquy

16. Guilhem Guirado
17. Sylvain Marconnet
18. Jerome Thion
19. Sebastien Chabal
20. Dimitri Yachvili
21. Yannick Jauzion
22. Vincent Clerc

9 thoughts on “RBS 6 Nations 2011: France team to play Ireland

  1. Pure class through out! If Ireland play anything like they did at the weekend it will be a blood bath. However they always seem to play their best rugby when they are under dogs, and the French could do their usual self-imploding, so who knows?

  2. Yeah, not a bad side is it? Even the bench has quality throughout.

    I fear a little for the Irish front five – this pack could make it very difficult for the Irish backs to get any decent ball.

    However, Ireland won’t be as bad as they were against Italy (they can’t be!), and they could exploit some of the gaps in the French defence – Scotland scored three tries after all!

  3. Still not convinced about Rougerie at 13, but on paper (and mostly on the field too) this team just oozes class. Might be too ealy to predict, but think the England vs France game will be the decider as to who wins the title, and maybe even a grand slam.

  4. Class is definitely the word that springs to mind. Rougerie’s pace and precise kick for one of the French tries was fantastic but i didn’t see the majority of the match so i don’t know how he fared defensively. I’d do a “Betsen” on Trinh-Duc if i were Ireland – because if he’s allowed to settle the outside backs will be carving up the field.

  5. It’s not just the front five I’d worry about – the back row is a massive point in this game. Looks like we’ll have Heaslip back, but I can’t imagine he’s 100%, and we’re still without Ferris. Against Bonnaire, Dusatoir, and Harinordoquy they need a huge performance. Trinh-Duc is certainly gettable-to, but, as badly as he played against Italy, I think you might need to pick O’Leary to rough up Parra a bit. It’s absurd that any team only just puts Jauzion and Clerc on the bench, but there you go. Then again, you never know what French team travels. At least the Italian game was an illustration of how bad we were, and forces Kidney and O’Driscoll to focus on this game properly.
    Rougerie at 13 is a great option – a guy with buckets of pace who looks like he should be in the second row – just look at how he drew in the defence to give Medard his try against Scotland.

  6. I’m really worried about the scrum after seeing the Scottish pack get owned at scrumtime…

    Not massively optimistic for our chances at the weekend :-(

  7. Time to be brave and radical Declan, allowing for the enforced absences of Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe , Geordan Murphy, Stephen Ferris and Jerry Flannery

    15- Luke Fitzgerald , 14- Andrew Trimble , 13-Eoin O’Malley , 12- Fergus McFadden , 11- Keith Earls , 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Peter Stringer; 8- Jamie Heaslip , 7-Shane Jennings, 6- Sean O’Brien , 5-Paul O’Connell, 4- Leo Cullen (captain) , 3-Mike Ross, 2- Rory Best , 1-Tom Court .
    Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin , 17-Cian Healy, 18- Donncha O’Callaghan , 19- Chris Henry , 20-Eoin Reddan . , 21-Paddy Wallace, 22-BoD

  8. Great French team on paper but they lost by 60 points to Australia and badly to Argentina so there is clearly huge mental fragility there and that’s very hard to get rid of. You can’t really coach it out of people. They don’t seem to have a problem playing against the Celtic nations at the moment and may well win but you sense that if a team stops them from playing how they want they struggle to respond.

  9. i think France have the front 5 to challenge anyone.
    if you have a front 5 that hard and a back row of Duasatoir and Harinordiqy, you are going to be hard to beat.

    The difference with this french side to others is that mentally they are tough.

    Harinordoqy is an unbelievable leader and player and perhaps the hardest player ive seen in shirt (Heineken final with a mashed up face) and leads the team with Duasatoir.

    Its world cup year, they will be going to ireland to kick ass.

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