France bring back Michalak

Date published: March 8 2013

France have recalled Frédéric Michalak to fly-half while Florian Fritz and Maxime Médard start in their clash with Ireland on Saturday.

France have recalled veteran Frédéric Michalak to fly-half while Florian Fritz and Maxime Médard also make the XV for their Six Nations clash with Ireland.

Les Bleus go into the match at the Aviva Stadium rooted to the bottom of the table and are out to avoid their first wooden spoon since 1999.

Philippe Saint-Andr̩'s men, however, have the psychological advantage of knowing that they have only lost once to Ireland in their last 13 games Рthe Irish's Grand Slam victory in 2009.

France have named an unchanged pack for the clash, with Thierry Dusautoir leading the side.

France: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Antonie Claassen, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.

Date: Saturday, March 9
Kick-off: 17:00
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Greg Garner (England)
Television match official: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)