Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont will again be half-back partners for France on Sunday, when they travel to face Ireland in Dublin, having impressed in the Heineken Champions Cup pool stages.
Ntamack, 19, and Dupont, 22, helped the four-time European Cup winners finish second behind defending champions Leinster Rugby in Pool 1 and secure a quarter-final spot in the process.
They teamed up for the first time at international level a fortnight ago in France’s comfortable 27-10 Six Nations win over Scotland in Paris and head coach Jacques Brunel has decided to continue with that partnership in Dublin this weekend.
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.
🇫🇷 I 🔴⚫️ Félicitations aux 6 Stadistes @Dupont9A, @RomainNtamack, @Huget14, @ThomRamos15, @AldegheriDorian & @MaxMedard, présents sur la feuille de match du #XVdeFrance pour défier l'Irlande, dimanche à 16h ! #IRLFRA https://t.co/CyLoeYSVyr
— Stade Toulousain (@StadeToulousain) March 5, 2019
Brunel has also retained Toulouse full-back Thomas Ramos, who is expected to remain on goalkicking duty after slotting a penalty and conversion in his first Test start two weeks ago, and wing Yoann Huget, while Racing 92 flanker Wenceslas Lauret again starts.
Toulouse face 2018 finalists Racing 92 in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals at Paris La Defense Arena on March 31, live on BT Sport, FR2 and beIN SPORTS.