Friday 24 March 2017

Les Bleus stick with the squad that beat Scots for Irish clash

Niall Crozier

FRANCE coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged 23-man squad for Saturday's clash with Ireland.

Les Bleus started their campaign with an 18-9 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday and Lievremont has kept faith with his charges from the Edinburgh trip.



"The group of 23 players will be retained despite the uncertainties," he said. "It's been a while since there was continuity in the France team, given injuries and dips in form."



Clermont Auvergne wing Aurelien Rougerie, Bayonne wing Benjamin Fall and Castres prop Luc Ducalcon are still having various injuries assessed in Paris after Sunday's win.



The starting XV for this weekend's clash at the Stade de France will be announced tomorrow morning.



Centre Mathieu Bastareaud completed a fairytale comeback against Scotland by scoring his first two international tries in his first Test start since falsely claiming he had been assaulted during his country's tour of New Zealand last summer.



Morgan Parra kicked France's other points.

Belfast TelegraphLes Bleus started their campaign with an 18-9 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday and Lievremont has kept faith with his charges from the Edinburgh trip.



"The group of 23 players will be retained despite the uncertainties," he said. "It's been a while since there was continuity in the France team, given injuries and dips in form."



Clermont Auvergne wing Aurelien Rougerie, Bayonne wing Benjamin Fall and Castres prop Luc Ducalcon are still having various injuries assessed in Paris after Sunday's win.



The starting XV for this weekend's clash at the Stade de France will be announced tomorrow morning.



Centre Mathieu Bastareaud completed a fairytale comeback against Scotland by scoring his first two international tries in his first Test start since falsely claiming he had been assaulted during his country's tour of New Zealand last summer.



Morgan Parra kicked France's other points.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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