France have made four changes for the Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday, recalling forwards Imanol Harinordoquy, Dimitri Szarzewski, and Jean-Baptiste Poux, and giving lock Yoann Maestri his first cap.
However, coach Philippe Saint-Andre made no changes on Tuesday to the backline that scored four tries in last weekend’s 30-12 win over Italy.
Saint-Andre decided to strengthen his lineout by replacing flanker Julien Bonnaire with Harinordoquy and lock Lionel Nallet with the 2.01-meter Maestri.
The World Cup runner-up was penalized in scrums and rucks against Italy, leading Saint-Andre to drop hooker William Servat and prop Vincent Debaty and give the nod to Szarzewski and Poux.
Ireland lost 23-21 to Wales last weekend.