PARIS (AP)– Damian Penaud went back to the extreme right and Anthony Jelonch was picked at flanker in 2 changes to France’s team for the 6 Countries match versus Ireland on Sunday. Coach Fabien Galthie replaced try-scoring winger Teddy Thomas and backrower Dylan Cretin from the team that opened its campaign with a 50-10 thrashing of Italy in Rome last weekend.

The tough-tackling Penaud won the last of his 18 test caps last March against Scotland in the Six Countries. He gives France extra security under the high ball in Dublin. “Firstly it should be stated that Teddy played well in Italy. However Damian enables us to withstand the aerial combat the Irish will trouble us,” Galthie said. “Damian appears to fit that particularity.”

Jelonch is a more robust tackler than Cretin and stronger in the rucks. “I would say that the more tough things get, the more intense he gets,” Galthie said. “He becomes dominant when things get more intense, which is why we choose this option.”

Thomas and Cretin are on the bench, while props Hassane Kolingar and Uini Atonio are drafted into the reserves together with fullback Anthony Bouthier. Galthier stuck with the halves pairing of scrumhalf Antoine Dupont and Matthieu Jalibert, who both impressed against the Italians.

France: Brice Dulin, Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou, Gabin Villiere, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon (captain), Anthony Jelonch, Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux, Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille. Reserves: Pierre Bourgarit, Hassane Kolingar, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas.

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