France make double change
FRANCE have made two changes from their clash with Scotland for Sunday's showdown with Ireland at the Stade de France.
As expected Clement Poitrenaud comes in at full-back instead of the injured Maxime Medard and in the pack, Julien Bonnaire comes in to replace Louis Picamoles at number eight.
Medard was forced off during France's victory over Scotland after scoring the decisive try in the game with a knee injury while French coach Philippe Saint-Andre has opted for Bonnaire because of his effectiveness in the line-out.
France: Poitrenaud, Clerc, Rougerie, Fofana, Malzieu, Trinh-Duc, Parra, Bonnaire, Harinordoquy, Dusautoir (capt), Nallet, Maestri, Mas, Szarzewski, Poux. Subs: Debaty, Servat, Nallet, Picamoles, Dupuy, Beauxis, Mermoz, Attoub
Lamont facing a long lay-off
Scotland wing Rory Lamont is facing three to four months of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery on his broken leg.
Lamont sustained a fractured fibula in Sunday's Six Nations defeat by France at Murrayfield and was subsequently operated on at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Scotland team doctor James Robson confirmed: "Rory is comfortable.
"His convalescence will get under way at once. Injuries of this nature require typically three to four months of rehabilitation. We all wish Rory a speedy recovery."
Connacht move 'huge' for Parks
CONNACHT have confirmed the signing of former Scottish out-half Dan Parks on a two-year deal.
The 33-year-old, who currently plays his rugby with Welsh side Cardiff Blues, will join the western province at the beginning of next season.
Australian-born Parks, the RaboDirect's all-time leading point's scorer with an astounding 1,322 to his name, has said he is "thrilled" about his upcoming move to the Sportsgrounds.
"It's been a huge decision in my life to move away from Cardiff to Connacht but a move which I am thrilled about," said Parks, who quit international rugby earlier this month.