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Bastareaud to face O’Driscoll
Mathieu Bastareaud has retained his starting place at outside centre against Ireland after his heroics against Scotland last weekend.
Bastareaud made his first appearance in their Six Nations opener against Scotland since being found guilty of lying to the French Rugby Union about being assaulted in New Zealand last year.
The 21-year-old played a big role in the 18-9 win at Murrayfield as he grabbed a brace. Marc Lièvremont’s faith in Bastareaud paid off and the French head coach will now start him again against Ireland at Stade de France, where he will face his opposite number Irish skipper Brian O’Driscoll.
France – 15 Clément Poitrenaud, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Yannick Jauzion, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Lionel Nallet, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 William Servat, 1 Thomas Domingo
Subs: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Sylvain Marconnet, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Frédéric Michalak, 21 David Marty, 22 Julien Malzieu.
Mallets changes two
Nick Mallet has recalled Marco Bortolami and Andrea Masi to face England on Saturday.
Bortolami will replace injured lock Carlo Antonio Del Fava, while Masi comes in for wing Kaine Robertson, who scored a try for Italy last weekend against Ireland.
Leonardo Ghiraldini will continue to skipper the side in place of injured captain Sergio Parisse.
Italy – 15 Luke McLean, 14 Andrea Masi, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Alessandro Zanni, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Josh Sole, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (c), 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Subs: 16 Fabio Ongaro, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Valerio Bernabo, 19 Paul Derbyshire, 20 Pablo Canavosio, 21 Riccardo Bocchino, 22 Kaine Robertson.