France favour Tales at 10

Remi Tales will start at flyhalf in France's final Six Nations game against Ireland in Paris this Saturday.

Coach Philippe Saint-André has favoured Tales over Jules Pilsson, who started France's first four matches of the campaign at pivot. Gael Fickou also gets a start at No 12 ahead of Maxime Mermoz.

Changes to the forwards see Louis Picamoles at No 6 and Dimitri Szarzewski at hooker.

France – 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Remi Tales, 9  Maxime Machenaud, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Louis Picamoles, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape (c), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Subs: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 21 Wenceslas Lauret, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Maxime Mermoz.

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