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France recall Bonnaire to strengthen lineout

Published: 8:20AM Thursday March 01, 2012 Source: Reuters

  • France captain Thierry Dusautoir with teammates (Source: Reuters)
    France captain Thierry Dusautoir with teammates - Source: Reuters

France have recalled flanker Julien Bonnaire to boost their lineout for Monday's (NZT) Six Nations championship match against Ireland and selected Clement Poitrenaud at fullback in place of his injured club team mate Maxime Medard.

Imanol Harinordoquy returns to his accustomed place of number eight with Louis Picamoles relegated to the bench.

They are the only changes to the team who defeated Scotland 23-17 last weekend. Both sides in Sunday's match will play four weekends in a row after their fixture scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Stade de France was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

"We had problems in the lineouts at the beginning of the Scotland game," France manager Philippe Saint-Andre told a news conference today.

"Julien Bonnaire is going to help a lot in this departement. The choice had to be between Imanol and Louis.

"Imanol's presence is a guarantee in the lineouts and with Louis on the bench we will have a lot of power when he comes on."

Saint-Andre has retained hooker Dimitri Szarzewski despite the Stade Francais player's disappointing performance against Scotland.

"He needs to be more confident. He missed a few tackles against Scotland but we are sure of his talent," the manager said.

Saint-Andre also kept faith with Francois Trinh-Duc at flyhalf after Lionel Beauxis had been tipped to start.

"We wanted to continue with Morgan (Parra) and Francois, and the 10-12-13 line needs to play together," he said.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney stuck with the lineup who beat Italy 42-10 last weekend.

Prop Cian Healy, centre Gordon D'Arcy, fullback Rob Kearney and back-rower Sean O'Brien have recovered from minor injuries they picked up in the game against Italy, the Irish Rugby Football Union said in a statement.

Ireland lost their opening match at home to Wales.

France: 15-Clement Poitrenaud, 14-Vincent Clerc, 13-Aurelien Rougerie, 12-Wesley Fofana, 11-Julien Malzieu, 10-Fran?ºois Trinh-Duc, 9-Morgan Parra, 8-Imanol Harinordoquy, 7-Julien Bonnaire, 6-Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5-Yoann Maestri, 4-Pascal Pape, 3-Nicolas Mas, 2-Dimitri Szarzewski, 1-Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Reserves: 16-William Servat, 17-Vincent Debaty, 18-Lionel Nallet, 19-Louis Picamoles, 20-Julien Dupuy, 21-Lionel Beauxis, 22-

Ireland: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Keith Earls, 12-Gordon D'Arcy, 11-Andrew Trimble, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray, 8-Jamie Heaslip, 7-Sean O'Brien, 6-Stephen Ferris, 5-Paul O'Connell (captain), 4-Donncha O'Callaghan, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Rory Best, 1-Cian Healy
Reserves: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Tom Court, 18-Donnacha Ryan, 19-Peter O'Mahony, 20-Eoin Reddan, 21-Ronan O'Gara, 22-Fergus McFadden.