Six Nations 2015: France make one enforced change for Ireland clash

Philippe Saint-Andre keeps faith with side that defeated Scotland in the opening round as Eddy Ben Arous comes in for his first start

Philippe Saint-Andre has made one change for France’s Six Nations trip to Dublin to take on Ireland on Saturday.

The France head coach would have kept the same starting XV that lined up in their 15-8 win over Scotland in Paris on Saturday, but Toulon prop Alexandre Menini went off with a foot injury.

So Racing Metro’s Eddy Ben Arous comes in for his first international start at loosehead with Clermont Auvergne’s Vincent Debaty replacing him on the bench.

Castres’ South Africa-born scrum-half Rory Kockott, who made his first start for France last week, keeps his place alongside Camille Lopez despite an impressive performance off the bench by his Clermont Auvergne rival Morgan Parra.

Saint-Andre has also kept faith with another South African in Bayonne full-back Scott Spedding, despite the availability of the more experienced Brice Dulin.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt names his team on Thursday morning.

France: Scott Spedding (Bayonne); Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), Teddy Thomas (Racing Metro); Camille Lopez (Clermont Auvernge), Rory Kockott (Castres); Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Pascal Pape (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro), Damien Chouly (Clermont Auvergne).

Replacements: Benjamin Kayser (Clermont Auvergne), Uini Atonioa (La Rochelle), Vincent Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Loann Goujon (La Rochelle); Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne), Remi Tales (Castres), Remi Lamerat (Castres).

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