Dempsey ; Murphy, O'Driscoll (cap.), Maggs, Hickie ; (o) Humphreys,
(m) Stringer ; Foley, Gleeson, Costello ; O'Kelly, Longwell; Hayes,
Subs: Sheahan, Fitzpatrick, Cullen, Quinlan, G. Easterby, O'Gara, A.N.
Poitrenaud ; Rougerie, Garbajosa, Traille, Clerc ; (o) Gelez, (m)
Yachvili ; Harinordoquy, Magne, Betsen ; Brouzet, Pelous (cap.) ;
Marconnet, Ibanez, Crenca.
Subs : Ru, Califano, Auradou, Chabal, Merceron, Barrau, Castaignde.
One change for France, but it is a big one. Fabien Galthi is injured,
so Dimitri Yachvili comes from the bench to replace him. Matthieu
Barrau has been promoted from France A.
On the one hand, the loss of Galthi seems like a big blow for France.
I think his absence in Australia last year was one of the biggest
reasons for the somewhat faint impression the French made there. On
the other hand, Galthi was far from *** against Scotland (didn't
see England, so I can't comment), whereas Yachvili came on and set up
an excellent try almost immediately. And given the fact that Bernard
Laporte wants to experiment in anticipation of the World Cup ... why
Two changes in Ireland's starting line-up. Reggie Corrigan is injured
and is replaced by Horan. Girvan Dempsey returns after injury at the
expense of John Kelly. Geordon Murphy, who played full-back against
Italy, moves to the wing.
Ronan O'Gara returns to the Ireland squad, but fails to make it into
the starting line-up. Kind of a luxury problem. Humphreys is a guy,
who can decide a match with touches of genius, but can also have
complete off-days. Made lots of knock-ons in the early phases of both
6Ns games so far. If the French (Betsen) can put pressure upon him
early on, it would be interesting to see, whether Humphreys can handle
that. Anyway, if he fails to make an impression, they can always bring
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