22 year-old Gregory Mahe, who joined from Lourdes this season asscrum-half cover, replaces Pichot.
Italy fly-half Diego Dominguez and France's South African-borncentre Brian Liebenberg were passed fit for the trip to Limerick.
Liebenberg has been out for a month after twisting his knee whileDominguez returns after tearing a hamstring. Right wing Raphael Poulain, with a pulled calf muscle, is replacedby Thomas Lombard although Poulain is named on the bench bracketed with Stephane Glas.
"There's no question, it's going to take one mighty fight to
Stade Francais: Ignacio Corleto; Thomas Lombard, Juan Hernandez, Brian Liebenberg, Christophe Dominici; Diego Dominguez, Gregory Mahe; Pierre Rabadan,Remy Martin, Patrick Tabacco, Mike James, David Auradou (capt), Pieter DeVilliers, Benoit August, Sylvain Marconnet. Replacements: Mathieu Blin, Pablo Lemoine, Arnaud Marchois,Christophe Moni, Raphael Poulain/Stephane Glas, David Skrela, Ian Vass