Six Nations: Louis Picamoles and Dimitri Szarzewski recalled by France
France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has recalled No 8 Louis Picamoles and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski.
Last Updated: 09/03/14 5:01pm
Picamoles was suspended for the 19-17 win over Scotland at Murrayfield due to his disrespectful attitude to referee Alain Rolland in the defeat to Wales in Cardiff.
Szarzewski is recalled after recovering from injury and his reliable throwing is likely to see him start against the Irish judging by the amount of lineouts the French lost against the Scots.
However there is no return for scrum-half Morgan Parra, who was not considered for selection for the first part of the tournament as he worked back his way back to match fitness after being injured.
He was then suspended for the Scotland game after he headbutted an opponent in a Top 14 game between his side Clermont and Montpellier last month.
France, who finished with the Six Nations wooden spoon last year, can still win the title if they beat Ireland, who top the table on points difference.
Saint-Andre said after the Murrayfield game: "We have three wins from four matches, that is not something to be pessimistic about.
"We want to remain positive. And that is that - even though not everything is perfect. In four games, we have managed to win more matches than in the whole of last year.
"Last year from time to time the performances were very good but we couldn't win. Now we are winning and the players are smiling at the end of the match. One shouldn't complain, one should be positive."