There is also a doubt over Jean Lonergan, who is struggling with a knee injury. She faces a fitness test on Friday with Fiona Coughlan (Bohemians) on standby to replace the Shannon hooker, if the results are negative.
France, current grand slam holders, come to Limerick on the back of two defeats to Scotland and England.
Ireland. Sarah Jane Belton (UL Bohemians); Nicki Milne (Worcester), Suzanne Fleming capt (Cooke ), Patrique Kelly (UL Bohemians), Lynne Cantwell (UL Bohemians); Joanne O'Sullivan (Nottingham), Louise Beamish (UL Bohemians); Gillian McAllister (Cooke), Jean Lonergan (Shannon), Edel Coen (Highfield); Rosie Foley (Shannon), Anne Marie McAllister (Shannon); Rachel Boyd (Cooke), Fiona Steed (Shannon), Joy Neville (Shannon).Replacements: Serena Stirling(Cooke), Fiona Coughlan (UL Bohemians), Jen Leacy (Blackrock), Rachel Reid (Cooke), Lesley Coulter (Cooke), Amanda Greensmith (Shannon), Nuala NiChadhain (Galwegians).