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France makes 4 changes for decider against Ireland

Fickou in at center as France makes 4 changes for decisive Six Nations match against Ireland

Scotland's Sean Lamont, right, tackles France's Yohan Huget during their Six Nations rugby union international match at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scot...

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Scotland's Sean Lamont, right, tackles France's Yohan Huget during their Six Nations rugby union international match at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scot...

PARIS (AP) -- France center Gael Fickou will make his first start of the Six Nations in his team's last game as one of four changes to face Ireland on Saturday.

France, Ireland and England -- which plays in Italy -- have six points each and can all still win the tournament.

The 19-year-old Fickou scored a late winning try in the 26-24 win over England. He replaces Maxime Mermoz, ineffective in last weekend's 19-17 win at Scotland, while the other change in the backs sees flyhalf Remi Tales replacing Jules Plisson.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre was disappointed with Plisson's defending against Scotland.

The two changes in the forwards see Dimitri Szarzewski returning from injury to replace Brice Mach and Louis Picamoles reinstated at flanker in place of Sebastien Vahaamahina.


Updated : 2021-03-01 02:39 GMT+08:00