On Tuesday, coach Jacques Brunel retained halves Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, the teammates at Toulouse who paired up for the first time in a test, and successfully. Thomas Ramos also stayed at fullback, with goalkicking duty.
The French go to Ireland, where the home side, the defending champion, has yet to rediscover its groove from 2018. Ireland followed a thumping from England with shaky wins over Scotland and Italy. France last beat Ireland in 2016, and last won in Dublin in 2011.
France: Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Louis Picamoles, Arthur Iturria, Wenceslas Lauret, Felix Lambey, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Demba Bamba, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Jefferson Poirot. Reserves: Camille Chat, Etienne Falgoux, Dorian Aldegheri, Paul Willemse, Gregory Alldritt, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Belleau, Maxime Medard.
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