For their part, the French include a host of players who have been drawn from French Heineken Cup club squads, players such full-back Michael Etcheverria (Biarritz), his team-mate Thomas Soucaze, the Toulouse pair, out-half Benoit Baby and number 8, Gregory Lamboley who captains a French side who have already accounted for Scotland and England.
IRELAND T Bowe (Belfast Harlequins); R Lane (UCC), K Matthews (UL Bohemian), B Murphy (UL
FRANCE. Etcheverria (Biarritz); Sestaret (Section Paloise), Lison (Grenoble), Grandclaude (Biziers), Donguy (Brive); Baby (Stade Toulousain), Durand (Biziers); Lamboley (Stade Toulousain, capt), Soucaze (Biarritz), Nyanga (Biziers), Friand (Agen), Marchois (Stade Frangais), Bergos (Pau), Rioux (Stade Toulousain), Berhabe (Dax).Replacements: Vigouroux (Perpignan), Forestier (Albi), Millo-Chlusky (Stade Toulousain), Deniau (Montferrand), C Garcia (Montauban), PE Garcia (Narbonne), Lafforgue (Biziers).
Referee: C Saunders (Wales).