France have drafted in Sebastien Vahaamahina and Maxime Medard for their Six Nations clash against Ireland
Last Updated: 26/02/13 6:46pm
Sebastien Vahaamahina: In line for a second France cap
Philippe Saint-Andre has made two changes to his France squad as they bid for a first Six Nations win of 2013 against Ireland in Dublin next month.
Perpignan lock Sebastien Vahaamahina could add to his solitary cap earned from the replacements bench in November's Test win over Australia after he was named in place of Jocelino Suta.
The other change sees Benjamin Fall replaced by Toulouse wing Maxime Medard, who has already made 31 appearances for his country.
"We have made these two changes in order to prepare our final two matches on the basis of our match against the English," Saint-Andre said.
"Collectively, we functioned better at Twickenham and we have to capitalise on that."
Medard has not played for France since last year's Six Nations, while Vahaamahina has just one cap to his name, which came against Australia in November.
Saint-Andre revealed he had been following both players for some time and he received good reports about their club form.
"We looked at all league games this weekend and revised our end game," Saint-Andre added, suggesting that Medard's successful return from injury had shown he was ready to join the national team set-up.
"Maxime (Medard) showed that after his injury he returned to his best and he will bring his qualities and experience."
The France coach has also been impressed by the way Vahaamahina has built on his single cap by continuing his good form at Perpignan.
"Sebastien (Vahaamahina) participated in the November matches with Team France. Currently he is very successful with his club, he is young and has a margin of interesting progression for the France team."
France have suffered defeats to Italy, Wales and England and could finish with the wooden spoon for the first time since 1957.
France: Debaty, Domingo, Kayser, Szarzewski, Ducalcon, Mas, Maestri, Samson, Vahaamahina, Claassen, Dusautoir (cpt), Nyanga, Picamoles; Machenaud, Parra, Michalak, Trinh-Duc, Bastareaud, Clerc, Fofana, Fritz, Huget, Medard.