New Zealand-born centre Tony Marsh, struggling with injury, wasoverlooked but veteran loosehead prop Jean-Jacques Crenca and left wingChristophe Dominici were surprisingly retained.
South African-born Pieter De Villiers, suspended from the 2003 SixNations tournament after testing positive for recreational drugs, wins arecall. He missed last year's World Cup in Australia after breaking acollar bone when he fell off a bike in the Alps during France's training camp.
Toulouse scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, left wing VincentClerc and Biarritz flanker Thomas Lievremont who were not selected for theWorld Cup, are also recalled.
South African-born Brian Liebenberg, a controversial World Cupselection, kept his place after performing well as a backup in Australia.
Elissalde, half-back partner to Frederic Michalak for Toulouse,will be competing with Biarritz scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili, the understudyof retired captain Fabien Galthie all last season, for the No 9 shirt.
Veteran lock Fabien Pelous successfully came through his comebackmatch for Toulouse against Edinburgh in the European Cup over the weekend andwill lead the side.
The 30-year-old, who has been capped 86 times, captained France 15times between 1997 and 2002 and took over from Galthie when the scrum-halfwas injured for the last three matches of the 2003 Six Nations.
It was Laporte's first selection announcement since the traumatic24-7 loss to England in the World Cup semi-final in Sydney on November 16. Although criticised for his tactics in that game and for allowingmorale in the French camp to deteriorate afterwards, Laporte retained hisposition and has been named as coach for the next four years taking France thoughto the next World Cup finals which they will host.
France Six Nations squad to play Ireland: Forwards: Pieter De Villiers (Stade Francais), Yannick Bru (Toulouse),Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Francais), Jean-Jacques Crenca (Agen), WilliamServat (Toulouse), Fabien Pelous (Toulouse, capt), David Auradou (StadeFrancais), Pascal Pape (Bourgoin), Olivier Magne (Montferrand), ImanolHarinordoquy (Pau), Serge Betsen (Biarritz), Thomas Lievremont (Biarritz) Backs: Nicolas Brusque (Biarritz), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), PepitoElhorga (Agen), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Brian Liebenberg (StadeFrancais), Damien Traille (Pau), Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Frederic Michalak (Toulouse), Christophe Dominici (StadeFrancais)