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Lievremont keeps faith in his squad

Last Updated: 08/02/10 2:48pm

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Ducalcon: Fitness doubt

Ducalcon: Fitness doubt

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France coach Marc Lievremont has opted to stick with the same squad for the clash with Ireland despite fitness fears over Aurelien Rougerie, Benjamin Fall and Luc Ducalcon.

France opened up their RBS Six Nations campaign with an impressive, forward-dominated victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

They now face 2009 Grand Slam winners Ireland in Paris - with the clash set to give a clear indication of the destination of this year's title.

And Lievremont, so offered criticised for a lack of consistency in his selections, has opted to retain an unchanged squad for the match.

That means Rougerie, who was injured making a tackle in the fourth minute against Scotland, fellow winger Fall and prop Ducalcon are retained.

"The group of 23 players will be retained despite the uncertainties," said Lievremont.

"It's been a while since there was continuity in the France team, given injuries and dips in form."

France - Forwards: Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Français), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Williams Servat (Stade Toulousain), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Français), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Métro), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Stade Toulousain), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier).
Backs: Morgan Parra (Clermont), François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Frédéric Michalak (Stade Toulousain), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Français), Yannick Jauzion (Stade Toulousain), David Marty (Perpignan), Vincent Clerc (Stade Toulousain), Aurélien Rougerie (Clermont), Benjamin Fall (Bayonne), Clément Poitrenaud (Stade Toulousain)

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