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France change seven for Ireland clash

Laure Sansus France

France have made seven changes to their side to take on Ireland in their TikTok Women’s Six Nations Round 2 clash in Toulouse.

Les Bleues kicked off their campaign with a 39-6 victory over Italy and will now look to make it two wins from two against an Ireland side who saw a lead slip away as they went down to Wales.

There are three changes in the pack with youngster Coco Lindelauf starting at loosehead prop and Laure Touyé coming in at hooker, while Axelle Berthoumieu comes into the back row at blindside flanker with Romane Ménager shifting to No.8.

In the backs, Laure Sansus gets the start after an impressive cameo off the bench, while it is a completely new back three as Mélissande Llorens, Cyrielle Banet and Émilie Boulard all come in.

There are three new faces on the bench as well, replacement hooker Célia Domain, lock Céline Ferer and back-rower Julie Annery.

The head of France’s women’s set-up Thomas Darracq was pleased with depth at his disposal which has made these changes possible.

He explained: “We have a homogenous group of 36 players which allows us to make several alterations to the team to adapt to our opponent. We have also worked this week on some of the aspects that were missing on Sunday against Italy. On Saturday at the Stade Ernest Wallon, we will have to cope with the weather against a physically powerful Ireland team.”

France team to face Ireland

15. Émilie Boulard, 14. Cyrielle Banet, 13. Maëlle Filopon, 12. Gabrielle Vernier, 11. Mélissande Llorens, 10. Caroline Drouin, 9. Laure Sansus, 1. Coco Lindelauf, 2. Laure Touyé, 3. Clara Joyeux, 4. Madoussou Fall, 5. Audrey Forlani, 6. Axelle Berthomieu, 7. Gaëlle Hermet (c), 8. Romane Ménager

Replacements: 16. Célia Domain, 17. Annaëlle Deshaye, 18. Assia Khalfaoui, 19. Céline Ferer, 20. Julie Annery, 21. Alexandra Chambon, 22. Jessy Trémoulière, 23. Chloé Jacquet