Lièvremont shuns winning formula

France coach Marc Lièvremont has made six changes for Saturday’s match against Ireland including four changes to the pack.

The French won 27-6 against Scotland on Sunday with a side vastly different to the one seen at the 2007 World Cup. Lièvremont has again surprised in chopping six players with the most significant changes in the forwards.

Hooker Dimitri Szarzewski, prop Nicolas Mas, lock Arnaud Mela and No 8 Julien Bonnaire will all get their first starts in the 2008 competition at Stade de France on Saturday.

In the backs, Aurelien Rougerie replaces Vincent Clerc while flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc makes way for David Skrela.

France - 15 Cédric Heymans (Toulouse), 14 Aurélien Rougerie (Clermont), 13 David Marty (Perpignan), 12 Damien Traille (Biarritz), 11 Julien Malzieu (Clermont), 10 David Skrela (Stade Français), 9 Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse), 8 Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), 7 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), 5 Lionell Nallet (Castres), 4 Arnaud Mela (Albi), 3 Lionel Faure (Sale), 2 Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Français), 1 Nicolas Mas (Perpignan),
Subs: 16 William Servat (Toulouse), 17 Julien Brugnaut (Dax), 18 Loïc Jacquet (Clermont), 19 Louis Picamoles (Montpellier), 20 Morgan Parra (Bourgoin), 21 François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), 22 Vincent Clerc (Toulouse).