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France name team for Ireland test

France head coach Jacques Brunel has picked an unchanged team for their Six Nations clash with Ireland.

In fact it’s the same 23-man squad that defeated Scotland 27-10 in Paris last time out.

It means that the Toulouse halfback duo of Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack get another chance to impress. Their 23-year-old Toulouse clubmate Thomas Ramos again lines up at full-back and is set to take on the kicking duties at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Guilhem Guirado captains the team with Jefferson Poirot and Brive tighthead Demba Bamba alongside him in the front row.

Félix Lambey and Sébastien Vahaamahina are in the second row, while the backrow comprises of Wenceslas Lauret, Arthur Iturria and Louis Picamoles.

The centre partnership sees Gael Fickou at inside centre, with the hulking Mathieu Bastareaud outside him.

Ireland are expected to name their team on Friday.

France team v Ireland
15. Thomas Ramos
14. Damian Penaud
13. Mathieu Bastareaud
12. Gaël Fickou
11. Yoann Huget
10. Romain Ntamack
9. Antoine Dupont
1. Jefferson Poirot
2. Guilhem Guirado (c)
3. Demba Bamba
4. Félix Lambey
5. Sébastien Vahaamahina
6. Wenceslas Lauret
7. Arthur Iturria
8. Louis Picamoles

Replacements:
16. Camille Chat
17. Etienne Falgoux
18. Dorian Aldegheri
19. Paul Willemse
20. Gregory Alldritt
21. Baptiste Serin
22. Anthony Belleau
23. Maxime Médard

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France name team for Ireland test