Lièvremont sticks with winning 22

Date published: February 5 2008

France coach Marc Lièvremont has picked an unchanged 22-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations Championship clash with Ireland in Paris.

France coach Marc Lièvremont has picked an unchanged 22-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations Championship clash with Ireland in Paris.

Having only been together for a week, now does not seem a wise time to change a winning squad.

Scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde is included, even though he came off after an hour of Sunday's 27-6 win against Scotland nursing a knock to his left ankle.

Centre David Marty and prop Nicolas Mas are retained after replacing injured duo Florian Fritz (fractured fibula) and Jean-Baptiste Poux (thigh) respectively in the squad midway through last week.

Centre Yannick Jauzion is back from injury and has played in Toulouse's last two Top 14 games, but he cannot force his way into coach Marc Lievremont's plans.

Les Bleus, looking to claim their third successive Six Nations crown, got the defence of their title off to a superb start at the weekend by easing past the Scots at Murrayfield.

They will name their starting XV for Saturday's match at the Stade de France on Tuesday.

France squad:

Forwards: Julien Brugnaut (Dax), Lionel Faure (Sale), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Loïc Jacquet (Clermont-Auvergne), LionelNallet (Castres)(c), Arnaud Mela (Albi), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont-Auvergne), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Elvis Vermeulen (Clermont-Auvergne).

Backs: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse), Morgan Parra (Bourgoin), François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), David Skrela (Stade Francais), David Marty (Perpignan), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Julien Malzieu (Clermont-Auvergne), Cédric Heymans (Toulouse), Aurélien Rougerie (Clermont-Auvergne).

Date: Saturday February 9
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick off: 17:00 (16:00 GMT)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Touch judges: Wayne Barnes (England), Tim Hayes (Wales)
Television match official: Hugh Watkins (Wales)
Assessor: Tappe Henning (South Africa)