Tuesday 24 April 2018

France roll the dice with team selection against Ireland after naming uncapped 19-year-old at out-half

France's rugby team's flyhalf Matthieu Jalibert takes part in a training session on January 23, 2018 at the team's training camp in Marcoussis, south of Paris, ahead of the Six Nations opener match against Ireland next February 3rd. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
France's rugby team's flyhalf Matthieu Jalibert takes part in a training session on January 23, 2018 at the team's training camp in Marcoussis, south of Paris, ahead of the Six Nations opener match against Ireland next February 3rd. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Uncapped teenager Matthieu Jalibert will win his first international cap this Saturday after being named to start in the French team to take on Ireland in Paris.

Les Bleus enter the 2018 Six Nations in a state of upheaval, with Guy Noves removed as coach after Christmas after two years in charge. Former Italy coach Jacques Brunel was appointed as his replacement, and he has named two novices in his first selection, with Geoffrey Palis picked at fullback alongside the 19-year-old Jalibert in the backline.

Guilhem Guirado recovers from a stomach bug to captain the side at hooker while Maxime Machenaud will play at scrum-half after Morgan Parra was ruled out with a knee injury. Ireland are targeting just their third ever win in the Six Nations at the Stade de France, and their first without Brian O'Driscoll in the 13 jersey.

Joe Schmidt will name his side this afternoon.

Here is the French team that will take on Ireland:

15. Geoffrey Palis

14. Teddy Thomas

13. Remi Lamerat

12. Henry Chavancy

11. Virimi Vakatawa

10. Matthieu Jalibert

9. Maxime Machenaud

1. Jefferson Poirot

2. Guilhem Guirado

3. Rabah Slimani

4. Arthur Iturria

5. Sebastien Vahaamahina

6. Wenceslas Laurent

7. Yacouba Camara

8. Kevin Gourdon

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