Ireland duo Henshaw and Leavy out of France showdown

Six Nations 2019: Ireland drop Cronin for France game as Herring returns to squad

Six Nations 2019: Ireland drop Cronin for France game as Herring returns to squad

The French secured an important victory in their last match at home to Scotland, which followed comprehensive defeats to Wales and England.

On Tuesday, coach Jacques Brunel retained halves Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, the teammates at Toulouse who paired up for the first time in a test, and successfully.

Forwards: Rory Best, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier.

Scrumhalf Morgan Parra, who along with fly-half Camille Lopez had been omitted for the Scotland game after criticising the management, has been ruled out due to injury. "The Irish know how to put you under pressure with high kicks, notably with Murray, we worked on this specifically". Damian Penaud and Yoann Huget will start on the wings again, while in the centre, Mathieu Bastaraud will partner Gael Fickou.

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Interestingly, they all come in the forward pack with captain Guilhem Guirado, loose-head Jefferson Poirot, second row Sebastien Vahaamahina and flankers Wenceslas Lauret and Arthur Iturria.

Dupont has scored three tries in European competition this season, earned two Heineken Man of the Match awards and been nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year award, while Ntamack touched down against Wasps in Round 4.

Replacements: C Chat, E Falgoux, D Aldegheri, P Willemse, G Alldritt; B Serin, A Belleau, M Medard.

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